“This news is heartbreaking for everyone in the Eagles family. Our hearts go out to Andy, his wife, Tammy, and their children,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie.
The Nationals used Sunday's nine-run offensive outburst to skate past the Marlins, 9-6. The win marks the team's first three-game winning streak of the season.
Here are your news and notes surrounding the 2019 Washington Nationals as they head into Monday's series finale against the Miami Marlins.
Erick Fedde's second start of the season went well for the 26-year-old. He pitched five scoreless innings of four-hit baseball, walked three Marlins and fanned four. 51 of his 83 pitches were thrown for strikes.
Washington erupted offensively Sunday. Howie Kendrick enjoyed a 3-for-5 afternoon, including a solo shot and three RBIs. Anthony Rendon's 6th inning triple marked his first of the season, and brought two across the plate.
Juan Soto's 8th inning single marked his 10th game (tied career best) in a row he's reached base safely.
James Borque made his major-league debut Sunday, and it did not go as planned. He fell short of completing one full inning, surrendering four earned runs on three hits and walking two Marlins. He threw 29 pitches.
Miami starting pitcher Caleb Smith was bounced after just three innings. The Nats knocked him for five hits and cashed in for five runs. The 27-year-old entered Sunday's start with a 2.38 ERA.
Neil Walker had a 2-for-5 afternoon which featured his 8th inning 2-run home run that got Miami on the board.
SP Jeremy Hellickson: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 31
RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31
SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least Jun 6
OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24
1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least Jun 1
RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least Jun 6
RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 27
RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13
Monday, 5/27: Nationals vs. Marlins, 1:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
Tuesday, 5/28: Nationals @ Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET, SunTrust Park
Wednesday, 5/29: Nationals @ Braves, 7:20 p.m. ET, SunTrust Park
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The Washington Wizards would probably be smart to add at least one more pick in this year's NBA Draft. They hold the ninth overall selection in the first round, but nothing in the second round. They have no second round picks until 2023 and that one is protected and was acquired in a trade.
Like most teams, they need more young players on cheap contracts with high upside. The best way to find those is in the draft.
The Wizards could always strike a trade to land more picks, either in the first or second round. But they also have the option to purchase a second round pick.
The Golden State Warriors are well-known for employing that strategy. They got Patrick McCaw in 2016 and Jordan Bell in 2017 by buying into the second round.
The Wizards have been doing their due diligence scouting players who could fall in the second round. They met with a collection of players at the NBA Combine that would not be considered for the ninth pick.
If Washington wants to add a second round pick, they will have the option to. But it won't be cheap, at least initially.
The whole reason for buying into the second round is to get a player on an inexpensive contract. The Warriors have done it a few times to add depth within the confinement of their championship payroll.
But you have to pay money to get such a player. There is a maximum money limit tied to the salary cap. Last year, that limit was set at $5.1 million. The price can vary on how high the pick falls in the second round.
Last June, the Rockets paid $1.5 million to land the 52nd pick in the back-end of the second round to take Vincent Edwards of Purdue. The year before, in 2017, the Warriors paid $3.5 million to get the 38th overall pick from the Bulls to take Bell. That $3.5 million was more than the total contract he then signed with Golden State, about $2.2 million.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis would essentially have to sign on for overpaying a young player. During Leonsis' tenure, they have more often been on the other end of such deals.
Former team president Ernie Grunfeld had a habit for trading away second round picks and sometimes only for cash considerations. In 2014, the Wizards infamously traded the pick that became Jordan Clarkson to the Lakers. They received a little less than $2 million in return.
Like anything involving the draft, it is an inexact science. But getting another pick, one way or another, seems like the smart move for the Wizards right now. Buying into the second round is one of their options.
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