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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Will Harris still working way back; Josh Bell has a book club + more...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the start of this weekend’s series with the Mets.

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“Sooner the better we get Will back,” Daniel Hudson said, when asked about the potential impact of the return of Will Harris for the Washington Nationals’ bullpen.

“That’s a veteran guy that’s been doing it for a long time and it gives our bullpen a different look too, you know, cutter, curveball,” Hudson added.

Harris missed time this spring when it was believed he had a blood clot in his right arm, but after a trip to a specialist which showed there was no blood clot, though the symptoms that caused concern, apparently persist. You can read all about that situation in the Washington Post article by Jesse Dougherty below.

Harris tells the WaPost reporter he believes he’s a few weeks away from returning.

“If we can get him back as quick as possible,” Hudson continued, “it’s not going to do anything but help us. Like I said, he’s a veteran and to have a guy with that type of experience down there, it’s not going to do anything but help us out. So, hopefully we can get him on track and get him healthy and get him here soon.”

Read about Harris’s struggles below. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Nationals pitcher Will Harris details hand inflammation that sent him to IL - The Washington Post
“My body feels good, my shoulder and my elbow feel good. It’s just the hand stuff is very strange,” Harris said Wednesday.

The Washington Nationals’ Josh Harrison Is Making The Most Of His Opportunities - (Forbes)
"As the Washington Nationals have gotten off to a sluggish start in 2021, Josh Harrison has been an unexpected source of production in their underachieving offense."

Under the circumstances, Nats' 7-9 start is worthy of praise - (MASN)
"To suggest the Nationals’ season to date has been anything but a disappointment would be inaccurate and a far too rosy view of the situation."

Josh Bell and the Washington Nationals Create a Book Club for Adults - (The Nats Report)
"Each month Josh Bell will announce another book in this season-long series and will be participating in 'engaging discussions' about what resonated with the readers."

What would Ryan Zimmerman do in the NFL Draft if he was a GM? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Although it's a different sport, the NFL Draft is just one week away. Zimmerman and his Nationals teammates have been paying attention to the draft hype, too."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLB rumors: Nationals’ Max Scherzer could be potential trade target for Yankees - (nj.com)
"MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports Scherzer is slated to become a free agent after the season, and as a 10-5 player, has full no-trade rights."

Max Scherzer a possible trade target - (MLB.com)
"But Washington’s injury woes -- Juan Soto and Stephen Strasburg are both on the injured list -- and underperforming rotation have some wondering if the Nationals would look to deal Scherzer this summer if the season went awry."

NL East notebook: Players who will turn it around - (MLB.com)
"Bell gave a glimpse into his hard-hitting potential when he batted .383 with a 1.328 OPS and six home runs in 18 Spring Training games."

MLB Starting Rotation Tiers: Dodgers lead the way, Yankees and Braves disappoint so far – (The Athletic)
"The Nationals are a team built on the strength of its starting staff, so to see them rank next-to-last in ERA (5.72) entering Wednesday is jarring..."

Top 22 Prospects: Washington Nationals - (FanGraphs)
"After an up-and-down freshman year at Arkansas, Rutledge transferred to Houston-area junior college powerhouse San Jacinto and immediately looked like a first-round pick."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies’ Didi Gregorius returning Friday to hit at Coors Field? - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Gregorius, like several other Phillies, has had some big games in Denver. He is 19 for 46 (.413) lifetime at Coors Field with a double, a triple and three homers. His OPS is 1.145."

Lindor on Mets’ series in Chicago: ‘Learn from it, flush it’ - (WFAN)
"Wednesday night was a forgettable one in all facets for the Mets, who struggled on both sides of the ball in a 16-4 loss to the Cubs."

Rookie roundup for April 21 - (MLB.com)
"Trevor Rogers, a 2017 first-rounder, continued his dominant start to the year by whiffing eight over seven innings in the Marlins' 3-0 shutout of the Orioles."

Mike Soroka still ‘far away’ from rejoining Braves - (AJC.com)
"The Braves have the depth to withstand his absence, with younger pitchers Huascar Ynoa, Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright..."