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MRI confirms oblique strain for Nats CF Ben Revere


MRI confirms oblique strain for Nats CF Ben Revere

The results of the MRI center fielder Ben Revere had on Thursday are in and the diagnosis of his right oblique strain has been confirmed.

That's what we know. What we still don't know is his timetable to return.

Nats manager Dusty Baker explained on Sunday how the team is in wait-and-see mode for at least the next few days.

"We don't know. This is the first time he's ever done it," he said. "With these things, you don't really have a timetable on it. We're treating it aggressively daily and we'll just hope it heals soon."

Revere has been sidelined since he was removed from the Nationals' win April 4 on Opening Day in Atlanta. He suffered the injury on his first swing of the season. The Nats placed him on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 5.

It may be the first oblique strain for Revere, but the injury has become a common one for the Nationals in recent years. Baker himself has noticed an increase in oblique problems around baseball in the last decade.

"I've never seen so many obliques," Baker said. "They take a whole bunch more swings now. I think, and this is my opinion, they overhit. They hit too much. How do you tell a guy not to swing, when they're used to swinging from the time they were kids?"

Michael Taylor has been playing in Revere's place, but is hitless so far through 11 at-bats. He is once again playing center field and batting leadoff for the Nats against the Marlins on Sunday.

[RELATED: Zimmerman gets another day off with Robinson in at 1B vs. Marlins]

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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.