Trea Turner, as it turns out, might be decent after all.
Here’s the scoop from South Capitol Street:
Trea Turner hits for cycle against Rockies (MLB.com)
Turner, oddly, has already hit for the cycle once against Colorado — but this is the first time someone has hit for the cycle against the Rockies outside of Colorado.
Nationals Park extends netting to foul poles, but not all fans want safety first (WaPo)
Yes, kids are getting hit and injured by foul balls. But for parents who want their kids to interact with their favorite players, the addition of netting is a negative.
Max Scherzer set to return Thursday (and face Braves three times) (MASN)
Scherzer has one final hurdle to clear: the day-before-start routine. If it goes well, expect him on the mound Thursday afternoon.
Nationals' Scherzer on track for Thursday return (ESPN)
The Nats looked at the rest of the year and realized that by sending him out on Thursday, Scherzer would line up for the Wild Card or Game 1 of the NLDS if he doesn't skip another start through the rest of the season.
Austin Voth, Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg notes (MASN)
Voth's injury will need an MRI after a bullpen went badly, meaning that Joe Ross and Erick Fedde will stay with the team for now, while Ryan Zimmerman is actually making some progress with his injury.
Beards, bunnies and Airbnb -- What it's REALLY like to get traded (ESPN)
The Nationals are featured in here for their clubbies, who learned to sew on a whim a few years ago and now put together every new jersey for the ballclub, which is a tall task during trade deadline season.
Renewed confidence in four-seam gets Blazek back to bigs (MASN)
Michael Blazek hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017, and is hoping to recapture some semblance of his 2015 self, a year during which he pitched to a 2.43 ERA. If he figures it out, he would be a welcome addition to the Nats' middle bullpen.
Max Scherzer returns to Nationals' rotation (MLB.com)
“You know Max,” Davey Martinez said. “He wants to pitch today. He wants to pitch tomorrow. He wants to pitch Friday, Saturday, Sunday. So Thursday’s his day.”
Best extra-inning moments (MLB.com)
Here's what's weird: the Nats have had so few important extra-inning games that Juan Soto's homer against the Phillies in April is *the* moment for this team.