Last night’s game took 2 hours and 17 minutes to finish. The pace of play solutions are here, and they involve cloning Max Scherzer.
Here’s the beat from Half Street:
Q&A with Sean Doolittle (The Athletic)
Marvel Movies, Death Metal, pitching coaches, and the D.C. sports curse were all fair game for Doolittle in this Q+A.
Washington Nationals put Jeremy Hellickson on DL with hamstring strain (ESPN)
It took a while, but the Nats' starting rotation finally got hit by the injury bug.
In attempt to ‘get him right,’ Nationals will keep Daniel Murphy on rehab assignment (WaPo)
Martinez is tired of talking about Murphy, but he just seems unable to get better, and there's a pretty good question as to why he's currently playing at all. (Also, Adam Eaton is rehabbing, and Jeremy Hellickson went to the DL.)
Nationals stay true to form, stick mostly to pitching on second day of MLB draft (WaPo)
Except for fifth-rounder Gage Canning, an ASU centerfielder, every single Nats pick yesterday was a pitcher.
Updates on Murphy, Eaton and Ryan Zimmerman (MASN)
Ryan Zimmerman is moving along slowly, feeling better each day. But he's not ready quite yet.
Hellickson goes on DL, Matt Grace and Tim Collins return to bullpen (MASN)
Hellickson's hamstring strain was mild, but still warranted a trip to the 10-day.
Bryce Harper’s Shifting Approach (Fangraphs)
Bryce Harper has 18 home runs, but is tied for 27th in WAR. It's a good, not great season for someone who needs a $500 million season. Part of it lies in his K-rate, which, in turn, lies in his plate discipline.
Nats sold 3100 tickets to Night OUT
The Nats are one of 24 MLB teams with pride games.