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Stephen Strasburg to return from disabled list to face Braves

Stephen Strasburg to return from disabled list to face Braves

The Nationals are set to get a huge boost to their starting rotation, as Stephen Strasburg will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday to pitch against the Atlanta Braves after a successful recovery from right elbow soreness.

Strasburg will start the series finale as the Nats aim for a sweep against the Braves. It will be his first appearance since Aug. 17 when he gave up nine earned runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Rockies, the worst start of his seven-year MLB career.

Strasburg was placed on the DL on Aug. 22 and has since thrown several bullpen sessions to test his arm. He threw off the mound briefly on Tuesday as a final test to set up his return.

Now he's ready to come back and help the Nationals, who have dealt with some issues in their rotation largely due to inexperienced rookies having to make spot starts in Strasburg and Joe Ross' absence.

"He was having a great year and he still has an opportunity to finish a great year," manager Dusty Baker said. "The fact that we'll have him... that means we don't have to mix and match."

Strasburg, who is 15-4 with a 3.59 ERA through 23 starts, should give the Nats a boost as the enter the home stretch of their season. He can return and make four or so starts before the regular season is over and set himself up to pitch in a potential playoff run.

"It's always good to have him pitch," first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "Hopefully he can get back in there tomorrow and get his feet wet again. Hopefully he can build towards the end of the month. Obviously we're a better team when he pitches every fifth day."

Strasburg will start opposite Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

[RELATED: Nats call up Lucas Giolito, Wilmer Difo as roster expansion continues]



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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.