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Nats put Tracy on DL, call up Brown

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Nats put Tracy on DL, call up Brown

MIAMI -- A Nationals club already plagued by countless injuries added another key player to the disabled list today: Chad Tracy.

The veteran corner infielder and baseball's best pinch-hitter so far this season was placed on the 15-day DL with a right groin strain and will travel to Philadelphia tomorrow to be examined by the doctor that performed double sports hernia surgery in the same area in November.

Thus, the Nationals have another new player in uniform for today's series opener against the Marlins, having purchased the contract of outfielder Corey Brown from Class AAA Syracuse. (Because Brown needed to be added to the 40-man roster, the Nationals transferred outfielder Jayson Werth from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear space.)

Tracy hurt himself running out a double during Saturday's game in Atlanta, then revealed that he had the hernia surgery during the offseason. The 32-year-old is 6-for-18 with an MLB-leading nine RBI as a pinch-hitter.

The Nationals are hopeful Tracy won't need another surgery in the area, one that would sideline him for several months, and that he merely broke up scar tissue. "But he's another one that's valuable you don't want to lose," manager Davey Johnson said.

Brown, meanwhile, joins the big-league roster after going on a hitting spree at Syracuse. For the season, he hit 12 home runs with 30 RBI and a .297 average, but five of those homers have come over his last five games.

The 26-year-old flew down to Miami yesterday to be in place in case Tracy needed to go on the DL. He can only hope this big-league stint goes better than his brief debut with the Nationals last September, when he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and then had to be shut down with a knee infection that required surgery.

"I really try not to dwell on last year and everything that happened," he said. "Kind of just look forward from spring on, and I think with that just looking at the positives it's helped me throughout the year. I just want to continue to do what I've been doing."

Though Brown was leading off and playing center field every day for Syracuse, he figures to come off the bench for Washington, as has been the case for another player who was an offensive roll at Class AAA before his promotion: Tyler Moore.

"I've got Tyler Moore, who was tearing it up down there, and I haven't been able to play him on a regular basis," Johnson said. "I need to get Rick Ankiel, he's been showing of really coming around, he's been swinging the bat good. It's a question of getting all 25 going, and then you figure out what's the best scenario."

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.

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National Fans. Thank you!💯 #RedLightRecording

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

On Thursday night, a Washington, D.C. pro sports team did something Washington, D.C. pro sports teams are very good at doing: fall short of making a league or championship game.

The Nationals' disastrous fifth inning against the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series was the beginning of the end, not to mention yet another in a long line of disappointing playoff results for Washington, D.C. sports teams.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major pro sports teams to not have a single one make a conference or league championship game since 2000.

To make matters worse, Washington, D.C. sports teams have now lost 16 consecutive playoff games in which a win would've advanced the team to the conference or league championship. 

Think about that for a second. Four teams. Zero conference championship appearances since 1998. 

Here's the list.

Washington, D.C. sports fans are not greedy. We can't be. We've had some very good teams recently, with the type of talent, coaching and intangibles needed to win a championship. 

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The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team won a world championship was in 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.  The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team even made a conference championship game was in 1998, when the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating the Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington, D.C. isn't allowed to have nice sports things.

Sure, we have great players and great teams, but when the playoffs roll around, all the nice things go away. We aren't privy to plucky upstarts who run the table and we aren't privy to dominant teams that make long postseason runs.

Washington, D.C. will have its day, eventually. Sure it may only be a conference championship appearance, but for us, that's fine. We don't expect world championships. We just want something to get invested in.

Early playoff exits are rarely worth the investment.