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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals FINALLY beat the Phillies; Carter Kieboom HBP on wrist + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the start of today’s doubleheader...

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Just because it’s the 2020 season and nothing good can happen, Carter Kieboom was the latest National to get hurt when he was hit by a 95 MPH sinker during last night’s win over the Phillies in the nation’s capital.

“He’s got a bone contusion. X-rays were negative so he’ll be day-to-day,” Davey Martinez told reporters after the 5-1 win over Philly.

Considering how it looks (right now) is it positive news that the X-rays were at least negative on the wrist?

“We saw him go down like that, it was loud,” Martinez said. “You don’t want to ever assume anything, but he was hurting pretty good. So, I talked to him after the game, he said he felt okay. he’s going to be sore for at least a day or so. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Just go read your links. We’re so done with this season...

NATS BEAT:

Nationals top Phillies, avoid elimination - (MASN)
"Cincinnati did its part. But the Nationals did theirs, beating the Phillies 5-1 and surviving for at least one more day."

Anibal Sanchez, Nationals bullpen quiet Phillies - (WaPost)
“Sánchez goes five strong innings and Washington beats its NL East rival, 5-1, for its first win over Philadelphia this season.”

Kieboom suffers bone contusion in left hand, listed as day-to-day - (MASN)
"Fortunately, Martinez said after the game that Kieboom suffered a bone contusion and x-rays were negative. He is listed as day-to-day."

Nationals' Carter Kieboom hit on hand, X-rays negative - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Kieboom was instantly in pain. A team trainer and manager Davey Martinez ran to see him before quickly deciding Kieboom should come out of the game."

What happened to Victor Robles' offense? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Victor Robles’ heft was always apparent in a T-shirt. When his baggy uniform was off, Robles’ puffed chest and burgeoning biceps were apparent. That was last year."

Nats taking cautious approach with 'pen - (MLB.com)
"Standout late-inning reliever Tanner Rainey is unlikely to return to the mound in 2020 -- barring a surprise playoff push..."

Barrett, Bourque placed on IL; Hernández, Espino join roster - (MASN)
"Aaron Barrett’s latest return to the Nationals bullpen came to an abrupt halt due to another injury."

Kieboom could join García playing winter ball in offseason - (MASN)
"Martinez emphasized flexibility as crucial to his players’ development, and something he would like to see improved upon from 2020."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Here are baseball's hottest rookies - (MLB.com)
"At 20 years and four months, [Luis] García is the youngest big leaguer by more than a year. He didn't look like it last week..."

Baseball America Prospect Report — Sept. 21, 2020 - (Baseball America)
"Infielder Luis Garcia brought his average up to .311 with a stellar weekend. He went 6-for-11 with a double, a run and an RBI. For the season, Garcia, still just 20 years old, is at .311/.330/.415."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Where Phillies are in playoff race entering final week - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
“They are holding on by the slimmest of margins, leading the Reds, Brewers and Giants by just a half-game.”

Steve Cohen’s Mets decision, Angels’ Dombrowski interest - (NY Post)
“Steve Cohen could soon have the keys to the most attractive available job of the offseason — running baseball operations for the Mets.”

Leadoff: Where Braves stand entering final week before playoffs - (AJC.com)
“The Braves enter the final week of the regular season in good position, but with some work remaining, to clinch a third consecutive National League East title.”

Mattingly: ‘This is an easy group to trust’ - (MLB.com)
“With so much at stake, is manager Don Mattingly planning on delivering any inspirational speeches to the club during this pivotal week?”