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Wire Taps: Dodgers reportedly claim Ryan Madson; Nationals’ bullpen holding together; Juan Soto has 4th-most homers by teen

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your day off...

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Well, that felt predictable.

Here’s the beat from Half Street:

Dodgers Claim Nationals Reliever Ryan Madson On Revocable Waivers (DodgerBlue.com)
Per Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers claimed Madson in a potential effort to alleviate their bullpen troubles.

Nationals’ patchwork bullpen is rotating pitchers through big spots (WaPo)
The Nationals managed to scrap another two wins together with a makeshift bullpen that had Greg Holland closing in relief for Justin Miller.

Juan Soto ties Junior for 4th-most homers by a teen (MLB.com)
It was Soto's first homer since August 13th, and his 16th of the year. He'll need a pretty good tear to pass Tony Conigliaro with 24, though.

Gio Gonzalez, Davey Martinez lament another frustrating start by lefty (MASN)
“We’re playing really, really well,” Davey said. “We really are. The boys are playing hard. Playing with a lot of intensity. A lot of energy. I came in, I told them all, I said, ‘Hey, have a good day off. You guys are playing really good. We’ll come back Friday and we’ll do it again.’”

Nationals' Bryce Harper sits series finale (WaPo)
It was Harper's second missed game in four days due to illness.

2019 Spring Training schedules (MLB.com)
The Nats get going on February 23rd. That's not so far, right?