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Strasburg activated to start vs. Braves; Rookie sent down


Strasburg activated to start vs. Braves; Rookie sent down

[Updated: 5:35 p.m.]

The Nationals activated right-hander Stephen Strasburg off the disabled list on Tuesday with plans for him to start later in the day in their series opener against the Atlanta Braves.

Rookie starter Joe Ross was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse as the corresponding move.

Strasburg rejoins the Nats' rotation after nearly a month on the shelf with a strained left trapezius muscle. He was removed from his last start on May 29 against the Cincinnati Reds with what was first described as neck tightness.

Strasburg made just one rehab assignment start during his recovery, on June 17 with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He allowed one earned run on four hits through five innings and threw 71 total pitches. Strasburg then threw a bullpen session at Nationals Park on Saturday before getting cleared to return.

Strasburg has dealt with a litany of minor injuries this season that have altered his throwing mechanics. It all started during spring training when he sprained his left ankle. That caused him to adjust his throwing motion, which tightened up his back. He saw a chiropractor and then returned to the Nats' rotation, only to then feel tightness in his neck.

Strasburg holds a 6.55 ERA through 10 starts this season with a .325 opponent's batting average.

Ross leaves the Nationals after making three starts to begin his MLB career. He went 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA and was particularly impressive in his most recent outing with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Manager Matt Williams said Ross really impressed the Nationals in the few weeks he was up in Washington.

"The way he went about his business was like a professional. He made his starts and he worked hard in between them to be prepared, and he pitched really well for us. So all of those things make us open our eyes and say, 'Oh, this very young gentleman has got a real bright future in this game.' He did really well," he said.

The Nationals will continue to develop Ross as a starter, even though that plan leaves no place for the right-hander in the majors with the rest of their rotation at full health.

"For him, it's better for him to be a starter. He hasn't relieved. If you have spring training to work on it, it's one thing, but in the middle of the season, it's not fair to Joe to say 'OK, now you're a reliever and we're going to call down and you need to get ready in 10 pitches.' It's just not fair. So he'll continue his progress," Williams said.

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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.