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Barrett to DL with biceps strain, Carpenter added

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Barrett to DL with biceps strain, Carpenter added

The Nationals' revolving-door bullpen spun around again Friday when the club placed Aaron Barrett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained biceps muscle and officially added fellow right-hander David Carpenter to the major-league roster.

Barrett's injury, which forced him from Thursday night's game in Milwaukee during the bottom of the eighth inning, was diagnosed Friday as a biceps strain. The full severity of the ailment (and a timetable for his return) wasn't immediately known, but it does appear the young right-hander avoided a more serious injury to his elbow or shoulder.

Barrett departed Thursday's game after giving up the eventual winning run on an opposite-field single to Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, then after throwing two straight balls to Hernan Perez. His last pitch, 92 mph and well above the strike zone, prompted manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and assistant athletic trainer Steve Gober to emerge from the dugout to check on the reliever. Barrett departed a few moments later, head down, clearly upset by the situation.

Barrett has been the most-used member of the Nationals' bullpen so far this season, appearing in 30 of the club's first 60 games, tied for third-most in the NL. The 27-year-old pitched in five of the Nats' last seven games, spanning eight days, and was scored upon in his last two outings, raising his ERA to 5.06.

Barrett's spot in the Nationals' bullpen will be taken by Carpenter, the veteran right-hander acquired from the Yankees on Thursday for minor-league infielder Tony Renda.

Carpenter had been designated for assignment by New York last week after posting a 4.82 ERA in 22 appearances, putting 28 men on base in only 18 2/3 innings. But the 29-year-old was a successful and key member of the Braves’ bullpen from 2013-14, with a 2.63 ERA, 1.121 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 126 2/3 innings.

Once he takes the mound in his new uniform, Carpenter will become the 17th different reliever to appear in a game this season for the Nationals. That's more relievers than the club has used in any full season since 2011 and just five shy of the team record (22, set in 2009). The Nats used only 12 total relievers last season.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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