The Nationals won a game without drama yesterday, which is refreshing. On the other hand, they traded away an outfielder, realized that their closer was out for longer than initially predicted, and reactivated the former closer of the future and sent him to Syracuse.
So much for no drama.
Here’s what’s making noise in Milwaukee:
‘It’s a really frustrating feeling’: Nationals’ Sean Doolittle has stress reaction in left foot (WaPo)
First it was a bruise. Then it was a pinched nerve. Now, it's a stress reaction, and he won't be back for a few weeks.
Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Royals, recall Sammy Solis (WaPo)
If Goodwin hadn't hurt his wrist in the first week of the season, then maybe things are different: Juan Soto never gets called up and Goodwin earns a regular spot. In this timeline, however, he is on his way to Kansas City, blocked out of an outfield he was predicted to anchor. (Also, Koda Glover has been reinstated and optioned to Syracuse.)
Nats' Assistant GM asks for help in Leukemia fight (106.7 the Fan)
Doctors diagnosed Doug Harris, Mike Rizzo's right hand man, with Leukemia in 2015, but he has been unable to recover. Now, his family is turning to an experimental treatment that will cost upwards of $400,000. If you want to help, a GoFundMe is in the story.
Follow the leader? The Nationals would love to, but none has emerged. (WaPo)
Dusty Baker and Jayson Werth were 21-hour presences last season: people who held things together at all times but gametime. The team stepped up the rest of the time. Now, with both gone and the team playing slipshod baseball, someone needs to step up -- but only Max Scherzer has done so, and even he has found problems.
Nationals Make Second Straight Trade Not to the A’s (Nationals Prospects)
Jacob Condra-Bogan went unsigned, then went to the Indy League, then to low-A with the Royals. He can hit 99 MPH. He is now in the Nationals’ organization.
MLB potential trade target: J.T. Realmuto (Beyond the Box Score)
"If Washington wants to make any run at the postseason, upgrading behind the plate would be a great idea. Whether that means they acquire Realmuto remains to be seen."