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Wire Taps: Ryan Madson activated; Re-signing Bryce Harper now; Let’s talk haircuts!

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second of three with the Phillies (which is a Max Scherzer vs Aaron Nola rematch).

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

The Nats won! By less than ten! This makes no sense!

Here’s the scoop from Philly:

Nationals’ Kelvin Herrera likely out for the season; Ryan Madson activated from DL (WaPo)
Recovery from a Lisfranc tear, which Herrera suffered on Sunday, takes six to eight weeks. Even if the Nats made a deep October run (somehow), Herrera wouldn't be back on his feet in time to make an impact.

For baseball players and their barbers, loyalty cuts both ways (WaPo)
Bryce Harper only uses "Juice" in Miami, but apparently Wander Suero gives haircuts? Sean Doolittle sees it as more of a necessity: his hair grows too fast to hold out for a certain barber.

It’s time to re-sign Bryce Harper right now. The Nationals shouldn’t wait any longer. (WaPo)
The Nationals' season is dead — there's nothing to distract from. Why not talk to Harper when you know you have his ear exclusively, and make him your best offer to see if he'll value trying for a World Series in Washington before he hears from the other guys? Then, think about what it opens up for the offseason in terms of Victor Robles...

Kelvin Herrera put on DL, season likely over (
"I still got the out," Herrera said with a chuckle. "High price for it."

The Nationals’ season has reached a nadir (Beyond the Box Score)
"FanGraphs projected them to win 92 games this season. What’s the worst that could happen? We are currently finding out... Sure, there have been injuries, but the bigger problem appears to be a lot of underperformance." (It's also possible that Max Scherzer will be the only player to finish with a WAR above 4 for the Nats this year.)

Washington Nationals Top 20 prospects for 2018: mid-season review (Minor League Ball)
"Looking ahead to 2019, expect Luis Garcia to leap up the list while 2018 first-rounder Mason Denaburg continues the Nationals tradition of investing in high-ceiling pitchers with some health/durability concerns."

MLB's most overlooked players (
They say it's Tanner Roark. (If Steve Lombardozzi was around, it would be him.)

Marty’s musings: an ever-tightening NL race heats up (Beyond the Box Score)
73 - Run differential for the 65-66 Nationals who have the fifth best RD in the NL, but are highly unlikely to the make the playoffs. The Dodgers meanwhile, lead the National League in run differential, with 121, and are mired in second place behind the Diamondbacks. It’s been a strange year in the NL.