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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Victor Robles HBP again; Sam Freeman injured; Juan Soto goes deeeep twice in NY + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Mets at 1:10 PM ET today (weather permitting)...

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Victor Robles got hit a total of 25 times in 155 games and 617 plate appearances in 2019, and he’s already been hit three times this season, with the third one last night hitting his hand, and eventually forcing him from the game.

Davey Martinez updated reporters on Robles’s status after what ended up an 11-6 loss to New York’s Mets in Citi Field. Robles was hit (by Jeurys Familia) in the fifth and he left the game in the seventh.

“It got stiff on him,” Martinez explained.

“Had X-rays, he’s negative. So he’s going to be day-to-day, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but he got hit pretty good, he got hit right on a knuckle.”

#StopHittingVictorRobles or #StopGettingHitRobles?

Go read your links, there’s a game at 1:10 (weather permitting):


Strasburg’s Hand:

Nats work to manage Strasburg's hand pain - (
"The Nationals had wanted Strasburg to throw on Wednesday at Citi Field ahead of their game against the Mets, but rain put that plan in question."

Concern for Strasburg's hand; Harris likely back tomorrow - (MASN)
"Nationals manager Davey Martinez said Stephen Strasburg has still got some tingling in his hand..."

Soto’s Bombs:

2 days later, Soto resets best with 466-ft HR - (
"What’s more jaw dropping than a career-best 463-foot home run? A 466-foot drive two days later."

Other Nats Stories:

Bullpen fluctuations from Sean Doolittle and others again create hole for Nationals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Sean Doolittle’s appearance Monday did little to suggest he is coming out of his funk this year."

Out of nowhere, the Nationals have a winning streak. That’s baseball’s delight - (WaPost)
"The Nationals just reminded us what this sport does best: It restores our sense of balance."

Nationals’ trade deadline needs will hinge on offensive production - (NBC Sports Washington)
"It’s been an up-and-down start for the Nationals, who enter play Wednesday at 6-7 and just outside the playoff picture in the NL."

For the Nationals, an unlikely bullpen option is a sign of odd times - (WaPost)
"Seth Romero, a first-round pick in 2017, has never pitched above Class A. Could he wind up in the majors this summer?"


GM Mike Rizzo 'felt terrible' for Nationals grounds crew after tarp incident - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Washington's grounds crew didn't get the job done on Sunday, but Davey Martinez and now general manager Mike Rizzo made sure to support their colleagues."

Asdrubal Cabrera Changes Representation - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Nationals infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has changed representation and hired Gene Mato of Mato Sports Management..."


Connor Brogdon played video games during callup by Phillies - (
"Phillies farm director Josh Bonifay’s name popped up on Connor Brogdon’s cell phone on Tuesday afternoon..."

Opponents of Steve Cohen's Mets bid point to new discrimination claims - (NY Post)
"Opponents of billionaire Steve Cohen's efforts to buy the New York Mets are licking their chops over fresh discrimination complaints filed against his firm, Point72 Asset Management, The Post has learned."

Marlins eager to return home after long trip - (
"What was initially intended to be a six-day, five-night road trip turned into a more than three-week affair, as the Marlins endured more than their share of adversity."

Why the Braves should be concerned about their rotation following early August injury to Mike Soroka - (
"At best, this is a collection with good upside and you hope for development from the likes of Toussaint, Ynoa and Wright. At worst, it's a total mess."