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Span gets MRI; plus updates on Escobar and Zim

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Span gets MRI; plus updates on Escobar and Zim

After leaving the Nats' loss to the Reds on Monday night with injuries, both Denard Span and Yunel Escobar remained out the starting lineup on Tuesday. Span continues to deal with nagging back spasms, while Escobar is nursing a tight left hamstring.

Span had an MRI on Tuesday morning and will find out the results later in the evening. At this point, he is searching for answers with an injury that just keeps coming and going.

"We just got an MRI this morning. I think we’re going to see a specialist. So that’s the latest. Hopefully, he’ll be able to explain what going on more than what I know what’s going on," he said.

"A little anxiety waiting to see what’s going to happen, but just gotta wait," he added. "I want to know what the root of the problem is so we can take the correct course of action and correct the problem."

Span has been dealing with the back spasms for a month now after he first left a game on June 7. He has missed five full games since as he deals with what has become a recurring cycle of discomfort.

"It's been very frustrating, to say the least," he explained. "In between, usually the first two, three, four days it feels pretty good. By day five it starts to nag a little bit and it seems like by day six, that’s when it’s been locking up on me."

Span has thrived when on the field this season with a .304 average, 37 runs, five homers and 11 steals in 59 total games.

Escobar is day-to-day with his hamstring issue, which first cropped up on Monday. He has also been a very important piece for the Nationals this season with a .315 average and 40 runs in 75 games.

The Nationals' usual lineup is already missing Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth due to injury. Removing Span and Escobar creates an even bigger problem for manager Matt Williams.

He said he is unsure if he's ever been around a team with so many players on the mend.

"I don't know if I have, but as I said last night, we have games to play. The schedule is not gonna change because we have injuries. We have to have guys step in there and do the job," he said.

Williams has been dealt a tough hand this season with putting together lineups and dealing at times with a short bench, but he's not complaining.

"That's challenging, but nobody ever said the job was easy," he said. "We look at our lineups and our team in a way that is positive. When we step out there, we're ready to play. That's all I can ask from them."

Zimmerman still working towards running, playing

Williams added a quick update on Ryan Zimmerman, who has been on the disabled list since June 11 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"He's continuing. They gave him some medication, which seemed to help with the pain in his foot. So he was able to get back out there. We shut him down for a couple of days just to let the medication kick in. Yesterday he felt great. He felt good hitting and took some groundballs. The last step is the running part of it. We'll let that medicine kick in a little bit more and get him back out there running. Hopefully that will get him over the hump and get him back to where he wants to be and go play games."

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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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