The Nationals can get to .500 today. What a novel concept that we haven’t seen already!
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol:
Ross set to return from Tommy John on Friday night (MASN)
Joe Ross will finally come back from his year on the DL on Friday night as Jefry Rodriguez gets sent to the bullpen.
McGowin realizes dream of pitching in big leagues with call to Nats (MASN)
Kyle McGowin has a 1.20 ERA in Syracuse after pitching to a 6.31 ERA there last season. He calls it a mental shift. “It was the fifth inning - they took me out and I was pretty upset. A couple of guys came up to me and were like, ‘You’re going to the show!’ You don’t want to take their word for it until you are told. But after the game, a couple of guys we were all sitting there and cracking up and Randy (Knorr, Syracuse manager) called me in and sat me down and told me I was driving home, but not to New York but to D.C.”
Matt Adams received a warm reception in return to Nats Park. The feeling was mutual. (WaPo)
“I loved it. I felt like it was a good fit for me,” Adams said. “I got along with everybody over there. Gio [Gonzalez] took me under his wing when I showed up in spring, and I got to know everybody else."
Additions round out Nationals’ September roster, give glimpse of future (WaPo)
Of course, there's also a question of getting Michael A. Taylor playing time down the stretch, in addition to the question of getting Victor Robles in the outfield rotation. Maybe the Nats should move to hockey-style lines.
Joe Ross to make 2018 debut Friday as Nationals begin to review their pitching depth (WaPo)
Austin Voth and Jefry Rodriguez will head to the bullpen, while Tommy Milone will head "back to Syracuse" (despite their season being over). Kyle McGowin took his spot on the roster — and notably, Trevor Gott and Austin Adams didn't see a call-up.
Robles returns to D.C. and finally gets to play with Soto (MASN)
If you predicted Robles and Juan Soto were playing together at the beginning of the season, Syracuse would be the most likely prediction in terms of location – but they'll do it in the big leagues. Robles also changed numbers from 14 to 16.
Trea Turner thrown out at second on Bryce Harper walk (Yahoo!)
Yeah, that sounds about right.
How the Nationals Completely Ruined the Bryce Harper Era (Bleacher Report)
Time to second guess, starting with the Strasburg Shutdown and Matt Williams!