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Wire Taps: Justin Miller headed to 10-Day IL; Nationals drop opener to Pirates + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before this afternoon’s 4:05 game against the Pirates...

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another bullpen blowup. Now Justin Miller is headed to the Injured List with a lower back issue, so there will be a new reliever in the bullpen for the second of three with the Pirates this afternoon (4:05 PM start).

While we wait to hear who it is, catch up on the latest Nationals news. Go read your links...


Bullpen's latest collapse ends with [Justin] Miller headed to IL - (MASN)
"Suffice it to say, the Nationals relief corps - already a mess two weeks into the season - is going to have to undergo even more changes..."

Nationals reliever Justin Miller headed to injured list with lower-back strain - (WaPost)
"[Davey] Martinez figured something was wrong, and his suspicions were confirmed. Miller has a lower-back strain and will head to the 10-day injured list."

Rendon belts 2 HRs, but 'pen falters in extras - (
"The Nats were nearly saved by Rendon, who mashed a pair of home runs, a solo shot in the third inning and then a game-tying blast in the eighth."

Nationals fall to Pirates in 10 innings as bullpen buckles again - (WaPost)
"For his part, Corbin had helped the Nationals (6-6) to the lead with his bat and kept them out front with his arm..."

Soto wanted his bobblehead to be smiling, so he sent it back - (MASN)
“'I’m always happy,' Soto said of his request for the change to a happy expression on the bobblehead. 'I told them make me smiling.'"

Scherzer, Sanchez swap weekend starts - (
"[Max] Scherzer threw a bullpen session on Thursday and he felt good enough to start Saturday, but manager Dave Martinez says the move was strictly precautionary."


Jefry Rodriguez excited about Saturday night’s start for Cleveland Indians - (
"On Saturday night Indians right-hander Jefry Rodriguez will try to rely on the things he learned last season when he made his big-league debut with the Washington Nationals."

7 questions we want answered this weekend - (
"Washington’s bullpen has stabilized a bit this week, and third baseman Anthony Rendon is off to a great start."