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Injury updates on Span, Rendon, Werth, Strasburg and Zim


Injury updates on Span, Rendon, Werth, Strasburg and Zim

With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates.

Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second half of the season. Here is the latest on each of them...

Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman

Both Rendon and Zimmerman are close to beginning minor league rehab assignments, but they have several tests they have yet to pass. Williams pointed to baserunning as the final determinant as they continue working out with the team and going through baseball activities. Rendon is nursing a strained left quadriceps muscle, while Zimmerman is out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"They've done everything except get on the basepaths and go full on the basepaths. Yesterday they did it first to third, second to home, doubles, turns and stop and come back. Albeit controlled, it was a good step," Williams explained.

"Full workouts today, they had that as well yesterday. They ran the bases yesterday in a controlled environment, but nonetheless they were both on the bases. That's a good sign. We'll just keep progressing them. They're both taking batting practice, they're both taking groundballs."

Rendon's disabled list stint dates back to June 25. Zimmerman's began on June 10. Williams stopped short of putting a timetable on either player's rehab, but insists they are close.

Denard Span

Span is still resting with back tightness after seeing a specialist in Dallas on July 9. Williams said he is "very close" to beginning baseball activities.

"He's strengthening. They put him on a serious program after he saw a specialist and he's doing that," Williams said. "He's really close to getting back out and hitting again, but what we don't want to do is to have a repeat. All the tests were good and he's okay. He's just continuing to strengthen his core and working on his flexibility. He'll be ready to go soon."

Span's DL stint dates back to July 7.

Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg threw off flat ground in right field at Nationals Park on Friday with head trainer Lee Kunzt looking on. Williams said the right-hander - who is out with a strained left oblique - is close to throwing a bullpen session.

"He threw yesterday, he threw today. It’s a normal throwing program. He’s not a mound yet but a good sign that he’s back out there doing it and that he’s having no issue with it. So we’ll look to a bullpen in the next four to five days probably and see where he’s at. But a good sign for him."

Williams said it's likely the Nationals will need more than one spot start before he returns, but it depends on how quickly Strasburg can rebuild his arm strength.

"The longer he’s off, the more it takes. Granted he’s been to 100 pitches this year and we know he can do that but the more time he takes off, we gotta build that back up. Is it one? Probably not. Could it be two? Maybe. So we’ll see where’s at. We know that in one of those rehab starts, we gotta get him to five innings at least and with the ability to go out for six on a regular pitch count. Once we can do that then he’ll be ready to go."

Jayson Werth

Werth played his first minor league rehab game with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Thursday night and notched a single in his first at-bat. He is scheduled to play again on Friday as the designated hitter. Werth is out with a broken left wrist and has been on the disabled list since May 16.

Williams broke down the report he received on Thursday's game:

"He’s three innings last night. Two at-bats and played the field. Tonight he’s scheduled to DH and get three at-bats at least and then we’ll see where he is tomorrow. But he reported today prior to going to Potomac. His legs feel good. He’s been doing a lot of running so that’s not an issue. He felt good in his at-bats last night physically. The timing is off, of course, which is normal. But didn’t have any issues coming out of it so that’s a good sign. The deal with broken bones are when they’re healed, they’re healed. Right now it’s about strengthening the area, because he was in a splint for a while, and getting at-bats. So all things considered, he came out of it really well."

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.