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Wire Taps: Get well soon, Davey Martinez; Nationals lose to Cardinals + more Nats links

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the second of three with the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Davey Martinez was back in Washington, D.C. last night when the Nationals were in Busch Stadium losing the series opener to the St. Louis Cardinals. Martinez underwent a medical procedure on Monday after feeling chest pains during Sunday’s series finale with Atlanta.

So did fill-in skipper Chip Hale hear anything from the manager about the first of three with the Cards?

“I haven’t heard yet,” Hale said after the 4-2 loss. “I’m sure he’ll give us a call after the game if he’s up, I know he’s been through a battery of tests, so hopefully he’s feeling good.”

Get well soon, Davey. The rest of you, go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Davey Martinez Stories:

Nationals Manager Dave Martinez out due to heart procedure - (WaPost)
"Martinez, 54, left the Nationals’ 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday during the sixth inning. He wasn’t feeling well and his condition worsened over the course of the afternoon..."

Martinez has procedure after chest pain, stays in D.C. - (MASN)
"Martinez had a cardiac catheterization, a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain cardiovascular conditions. Rizzo described the 53-year-old’s mood after the procedure..."

Nats' Martinez upbeat after heart procedure - (MLB.com)
"Martinez will remain in Washington for additional testing; there is no timeline for his return. Bench coach Chip Hale will serve as manager in his absence."

Wild Card Race:

Nats' grip on WC slips with loss to Cards - (MLB.com)
"The loss leaves the Nationals considering just how quickly they arrived at this point, where a playoff spot that very recently seemed all but assured is suddenly in jeopardy."

How the Nationals turned a comfortable lead into a tight race - (MASN)
"The possibility of never reaching the postseason is very real, even though various projection models still give them anywhere from an 87 to 91 percent chance of making it."

Other Nats Stories:

Would a team comprised of former Nationals players make the playoffs? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Look around the league and there are former Nationals everywhere. Some of those players are thriving."

Nationals-Cardinals score: Nats drop series opener in St. Louis - (WaPost)
"This was the Nationals’ first full game without Martinez, who is back in Washington after undergoing a cardiac catheterization Monday."

Young outfield making tough catches look commonplace - (MASN)
"Catches like the ones Soto and Robles have made can become even more valuable for the Nats as they work toward their goal of returning to postseason play and making a long run toward a title."

Patrick Corbin delivers for Nationals - (Washington Times)
"(The Nationals might have some regrets, when it’s all said and done, about 2019. But Patrick Corbin, the ace who signed a six-year, $140 million dollar contract as a free agent before this season, won’t be one."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

How Nats flipped the script on outfield defense - (MLB.com)
"If we look at the Outs Above Average leaderboards, you'll see Washington at +24 OAA, which is more than double the +10 of second-place Houston."

VIDEO: Hudson says he battled command issues against Nationals - (FOX Sports)
"Dakota Hudson says his control was an issue throughout the night: 'The ball was moving a lot but really didn't have the best command with it. Had to battle with what I had.'"

These players are better than the '19 numbers - (MLB.com)
"Nationals -- Victor Robles, CF: He didn’t set the league on fire his rookie season like Juan Soto did, but there is serious post-hype breakout value here in 2020."

Cubs, Mets vying for last-second push in MLB playoff race - (SI.com)
"They are the most complete of the wild-card contenders, and their top three starters are rivaled only by the trios of the Dodgers and Astros."