In first place and winners of four straight, the Nationals are about to get even more help, as shortstop Trea Turner is expected to be called up from Triple-A Syracuse will be called up on Friday. The news was first reported by @talknats2.
In a corresponding move, Ryan Zimmerman will head to the paternity list for the birth of his second child.
Turner, ranked as a top 10 prospect in baseball, will join the Nationals after playing 46 games with Triple-A Syracuse. Turner, 22, hit .310 with three homers, 24 RBI and 17 steals in 50 games for the Chiefs.
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This is Turner's second stint in the major leagues. He was called up to the Nationals last August and debuted on Aug. 21 against the Milwaukee Brewers. In 27 MLB games Turner hit .225 with one homer, one RBI and two steals.
A former 13th overall pick by the San Diego Padres in 2014, Turner is considered the second-best prospect in the Nationals' organization behind Lucas Giolito.
The Nationals acquired Turner in a three team trade along with pitcher Joe Ross in December of 2014.
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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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