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Baker gives injury updates on Revere, Ross


Baker gives injury updates on Revere, Ross

Nationals centerfielder Ben Revere continues to make progress rehabbing his strained right oblique, according to manager Dusty Baker.

Though the team does not yet have a set date for his return, there is optimism that Revere, whose Opening Day injury landed him on the 15-day disabled list, could come back sometime in the next few weeks. 

"He sprinted yesterday, which was a positive sign," Baker said before Friday's game vs. the Minnesota Twins. "I think he threw some. He was hitting right-handed off the tee. Today he might be hitting some left-handed off the tee.....I'm hoping that he'll be back pretty soon."

During pregame warmups, Revere was seen sprinting and backpedalling alongside a team trainer. Whenever he's ready for full baseball activities, it's not yet known whether or not he will have to participate in a minor league rehab assignment before he's ready to rejoin the Nats. 

As for right hander Joe Ross, who left Thursday's game in the third inning with a blister in his right middle finger, Baker said he is hopeful that the 22-year-old will be able to make his next start. 

"His fingers are doing pretty good," the manager said. "But any time you lose skin it takes a while to get that skin back and feeling right. He isn't going to be fingerprinting any time soon. We're just hoping that he can make his start, and if he can't then we'll use that day off to keep everybody else in line and then we'll skip him to his next start." 

Ross, who owns a 2-0 record with a 0.54 ERA in three starts, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.


Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.


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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.


Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.