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Wire Taps: Nationals concerned, sending Adam Eaton for MRI on knee; Nats drop opener with Mets + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the Mets in D.C.

MLB: SEP 02 Mets at Nationals Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Adam Eaton was hit by a pitch on his right knee last Wednesday, and he pinch hit Friday night, but was taken off the basepaths when Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez didn’t like what he saw from the outfielder, who was limping after he reached base. Eaton sat out of the second and third games with the Miami Marlins, but returned to the lineup for the first of three with the New York Mets in D.C. on Monday, only to be replaced in the field after two innings.

What’s the concern-level?

“A little concern,” Martinez said on Monday afternoon, after the 7-3 loss to the Mets.

“He got loose, felt good, said it didn’t bother him,” the manager continued, “and then all of a sudden it just kept getting tighter and tighter as a couple of innings went by, and he said it was more — once he was moving around he was okay, but just standing still, it got tight, and what got me nervous was he said it was more the back of his knee, which is a hamstring deal, so I didn’t want to take any chances. We’re going to see where we’re at, I think we’re going to get him an MRI and go from there, see where he’s at.”

That’s ... not good news. And now for something completely different ... ugh, the links aren’t too positive either. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Joe Ross struggles:

Noah Syndergaard strikes out 10 as Mets handle Nationals, 7-3 - (Washington Times)
"There were loud 'MVP' chants again Monday afternoon at Nationals Park, but this time they were not for Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon."

In rare clunker, Nationals trail big early in loss to Mets - (MASN)
"The Nationals hadn’t been in this position in a while, trailing by a significant margin and unable to mount any kind of effective counterattack."

Joe Ross struggles in a loss to the Mets, forcing the Nationals to reexamine a difficult question - (WaPost)
"Before Ross’s ERA ballooned to 6.17, and before the Nationals couldn’t touch Syndergaard, the 7 Line Army, a band of traveling Mets fans, filled the stadium with unwelcome noise."

Eaton getting MRI:

Eaton to undergo MRI on balky right knee - (MLB.com)
"Adam Eaton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday after manager Dave Martinez admitted the team has some concern about Eaton’s right knee..."

Eaton leaves game in second inning, MRI scheduled - (MASN)
"[Martinez] said the club will schedule an MRI to see if there is a bigger problem with Eaton’s knee, hamstring or leg. Eaton had already left the clubhouse before reporters arrived after the game."

Less depressing Nats links:

The Nationals have been fun for months now, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the stands - (WaPost)
"Only four teams in the National League — Arizona, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and criminally bad Miami — have fewer people showing up to their games than the scorching-toward-the-postseason Nats."

Juan Soto has become serviceable in left field - (WaPost)
“'I try to move a lot,' Soto said of how his defense has improved. '[When I] just start moving with the counts, that helped me a lot.'"

Martinez hints at possible return for Taylor (Nats fall 7-3) - (MASN)
"Andrew Stevenson was the only everyday outfielder added Sunday. Martinez appeared to hint at the possibility of calling up veteran center fielder Michael A. Taylor soon."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLB Tiers: The Braves are on the move, the Nationals are lurking. Let the October positioning begin – (The Athletic)
"They will likely have to survive the NL wild-card game, which offers its own uncertainty. But they do have seven games against the Braves coming up in early September."

The top pending free agent on every team - (MLB.com)
"Anthony Rendon: He was already going to be the top free agent on the market before he had the best season of his career in his walk year. Look out."

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo contributes immediately in return from IL - (Newsday)
"As if he didn’t miss more than half the season with a bulging disc in his neck, Brandon Nimmo has very quickly gotten back in the New York groove."

The Brandon Nimmo Effect is already in full swing for Mets - (NYPost)
"To make a wild run and jump over the Cubs and three other teams, the Mets are going to need plenty of energy this last month of the regular season."

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo contributes immediately in return from IL - (Newsday)
"As if he didn’t miss more than half the season with a bulging disc in his neck, Brandon Nimmo has very quickly gotten back in the New York groove."