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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Spring injury issues; Nats’ Top 30 prospects + some Nationals reading mean tweets...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your Spring Training off day...

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Victor Robles is woRking his way back from a sore side. Adam Eaton left Tuesday’s game with hamstring tightness. Eric Thames’ tightness is in his calf. That’s your injury update. Prospect lists are below, including MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 for the Nationals’ organization, and ESPN’s Top 100 list is out now, with two of Washington’s prospects on the list. Go read your links:


Davey Martinez on Robles, Strasburg and upcoming off-day (Nats win 5-3) - (MASN)
"[Victor] Robles has not appeared in a game since injuring himself on a throw Wednesday in Tampa, but manager Davey Martinez said he’s 'getting better.'"

Spring Training or Spring Break? Under Davey Martinez, Nationals have no shortage of fun - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Two years later, the Nationals manager is still up to his usual antics. On Tuesday, he had a dunk tank set up, where a team staffer was spotted being dropped into the large bucket of water."

Scherzer on his outing, Martinez on Eaton and Thames injuries - (MASN)
"For all his stomping on the mound and cursing when he misses painting the black, Max Scherzer is at heart a student of pitching."

The key for Nationals reliever Wander Suero: Throw fewer strikes - (WaPost)
"The Washington Nationals want Wander Suero to throw fewer strikes. If that seems counterintuitive, consider what it sounds like to Suero."

Rizzo dishes on short offseason, club veterans - (
"General manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo recently spoke to about a range of topics on the back fields of FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches."

Eaton exits with hamstring tightness - (
"Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton was removed from Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Orioles with left hamstring tightness. The club took him out as a precaution."

A glimpse at the Nationals’ lineup shows the likelihood of Starlin Castro hitting third - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Flexibility can be a tricky word. It’s true Martinez has it. It’s also true the reason he has it is because the roster lacks clarity in one specific spot: who will hit (and play) third."


Do the Nationals have enough fire-power to repeat in 2020? - (Beyond the Box Score)
"The strength of the 2020 Washington Nationals will once again be their starting rotation which includes two bonafide aces in Strasburg and Max Scherzer."

Kiley McDaniel's top 100 prospects for 2020 - (ESPN)
"35. Carter Kieboom, INF, Washington Nationals - Kieboom is ready to be a full-time big leaguer now, and I think he'll be a strong regular, even if it's unclear what position he should play."

Here are the Nationals' 2020 Top 30 Prospects - (
"That the Nationals’ Top 30 list is entirely homegrown speaks to the organization’s ability to identify and develop young talent."


Phillies season preview: Is Jean Segura the answer at second base? - (PhillyVoice)
"Just to cover all our bases (ha), we are going to go ahead and give Jean Segura the starting second base job."

Mets' Noah Syndergaard working on holding runners at first base - (Newsday)
"Holding runners at first base always has been Syndergaard’s 'Achilles heel,' as he put it after the Mets’ 6-1 defeat at Clover Park."

2020 Marlins Season Preview: Pablo López - (Fish Stripes)
"If you want to describe López’s 2019 season in a nutshell, you can just say that it was full of ups and downs. At times, he looked like a solid starter, but he couldn’t maintain that image for long."

‘King Felix’ showing Braves he may not be finished - (
"They think 'King Felix' is finished. That’s why right-hander Felix Hernandez, former Cy Young winner, couldn’t get a major-league contract this season. He’s in Braves camp on a minor-league deal just trying to make the roster."