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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Harper struggles early, Rendon, Soto need fan support

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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Harper struggles early, Rendon, Soto need fan support

When the MLB published the first returns of the National League All-Star Game preliminary voting results Tuesday, there were a few familiar names on the list, including one that, surprisingly, didn't receive as many votes as expected. 

That's right, former Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper is on track to not make the All-Star roster this year, his first with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Harper has, so far, only received 242,719 votes, the tenth-most of any National League outfielder. But, under the new All-Star Game voting rules, only the top nine outfielder move on to the next round of voting. That said, Harper is only 269 votes behing the Dodgers Alex Verdugo, the ninth-place outfielder. 

The former Nat is currently slashing .251/.356/.466 with 11 homers.

Of the four current Nationals that made the updated list, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto are the closest to making the next round of voting, though an outpouring of support will be needed in order for the pair to advance. 

Soto, only 80,000 votes behind Harper, has the 12th-most voted of National League outfielders (161,939) and could potentially move on to the second round of voting.

Washington's young outfielder is currently batting .286 with 10 homers so far, the third-most of all the Nationals. 

Just over 178,000 fans voted for Rendon so far, the fifth-most votes of any third baseman. But only the top-three vote getters advance to the next round of voting, and Rendon is close to 100,000 votes away from the third-place Justin Turner of the Dodgers.  

Rendon leads the Nats with 12 homers, 19 doubles and a .626 slugging percentage. 

The two other Nats on the list––second baseman Brian Dozier and shortstop Trea Turner, each have just over 65,000 votes and are in ninth and 10th place in their positions, respectively. 

Primary voting for the All-Star Game ballot ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21. Here's where fans can vote. 

 

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Rain, roster moves and Ryan Zimmerman to the IL

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Rain, roster moves and Ryan Zimmerman to the IL

Rain in D.C. postponed the Nationals' series opener against the Rockies on Monday. But although no players took the field, there was plenty of roster movement.

Check out the latest news and notes surrounding the Nationals.

Player Notes: 

With Monday's game being pushed to a Wednesday split doubleheader, it's likely RHP Erick Fedde will start one of Wednesday's games. RHP Stephen Strasburg will still make his scheduled start on Tuesday. 

RHP Austin Voth was set to throw on Monday after he was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right biceps tendinitis.

1B Ryan Zimmerman was also placed on the 10-day injured list Monday after his plantar fasciitis in his right foot flared up on Sunday. He was kept out of play for the same injury earlier this season.

The Nationals transferred RHP Justin Miller from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for RHP Michael Blazek, whose contract Washington purchased from Triple-A Fresno on Monday. Blazek's last major-league appearance was in 2017.

RHP Kyle McGowin was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday. He'll rejoin the Senators' rotation.

OF Andrew Stevenson was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and will back up all three outfield positions in D.C.

Meanwhile, RHP Max Scherzer threw a full bullpen session on Monday without any problems. He'll likely return to the Nationals' rotation either Thursday (against the Rockies) or Friday (against the Dodgers).

Injuries: 

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, 60-Day IL, out until mid-July

1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, 10-Day IL, status uncertain

SP Austin Voth: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, status uncertain

SP Max Scherzer: Back, 10-Day IL, out until late July

RP Jonny Venters: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-Day IL, out indefinitely 

Coming Up:

Tuesday 7/23:  Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park

Wednesday 7/24: Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park

Thursday 7/25: Nationals vs. Rockies, 4:05 p.m., Nationals Park

Source: Rotoworld

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Ryan Zimmerman’s ailing foot returns him to the injured list

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Ryan Zimmerman’s ailing foot returns him to the injured list

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman is on the injured list. Again.

Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, which also caused him to be on the injured list earlier this season from April 28 to June 27.

Outfielder Andrew Stevenson was called up to take Zimmerman’s spot on the roster. In a separate move, veteran reliever Michael Blazek was summoned from Triple-A Fresno on Monday. Reliever Kyle McGowin was sent to Double-A Harrisburg.

Zimmerman, who turns 35 years old Sept. 28, has played just 33 games this season. He played 85 games last season. The Nationals are hopeful this “partial rupture” could go away quickly. The bigger picture view is what this means for Zimmerman next year.

The team holds an $18 million option on him. It will be declined. Zimmerman knew at the beginning of the season his health would be key to every aspect of his future, If he was healthy, he thought he could still play well. He hit .333 in July, proving that idea to be true. But, he has not remained healthy.

From the start of the year, the Nationals and Zimmerman have said they hope to work something out if the contract option is not picked up. Zimmerman joined the organization in 2005. He doesn’t seem inclined to go elsewhere. 

An oblique injury stalled Zimmerman last year. This year, his foot won’t cooperate. Zimmerman could come off the injured list Aug. 1. If he does, and plays every game the rest of the season, he would max out at 87 games played. He would be provided days off when he returns, so Zimmerman is almost assured of playing fewer games this season than last.

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