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2019 Nationals Injury Timeline: A lengthy list that, seemingly, grows by the game

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2019 Nationals Injury Timeline: A lengthy list that, seemingly, grows by the game

The Nationals have been plagued by injuries so far in 2019, and the list grew Thursday after Anibal Sanchez's early exit from his outing against the Mets. The 35-year-old left the game after recording just four outs because of left hamstring soreness, per the team. 

Here's a look at how things have shaken out on the Injured List this season: 

Koda Glover, RHP

Injury: Right forearm strain 

Date placed on IL: March 27 

Duration: 60-day

Games missed: 42

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 25

Howie Kendrick, UTL

Injury: Left hamstring strain 

Date placed on IL: March 27 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 5

Status/reinstated: April 4

Michael A. Taylor, OF 

Injury: Left knee/hip sprain 

Date placed on IL: March 27 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 8

Status/reinstated: April 8 

Trea Turner, SS 

Injury: Broken right index finger 

Date placed on IL: April 3 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 38 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 17

Justin Miller, RHP 

Injury: Lower back strain 

Date placed on IL: April 13

Duration: 10-day 

Games missed: 10 

Status/reinstated: April 26 

Austen Williams, RHP 

Injury: Sprained right AC joint 

Date placed on IL: April 19 

Duration: 10-day 

Games missed: 25 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least June 13

Trevor Rosenthal, RHP

Injury: Viral infection 

Date placed on IL: April 26 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 19 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 19

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B

Injury: Plantar fasciitis right foot 

Date placed on IL: April 28 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 17 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 21

Anthony Rendon, 3B

Injury: left elbow contusion 

Date placed on IL: April 30

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 9

Status/reinstated: May 7

Juan Soto, LF 

Injury: Back spasms 

Date placed on IL: May 4 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 10 

Status/reinstated: May 11 

Matt Adams, 1B

Injury: Left shoulder strain 

Date placed on IL: May 5 

Duration: 10-day 

Games missed: 10 

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 20

Tony Sipp, LHP

Injury: Strained oblique 

Date placed on IL: May 7 

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 8

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 17

Andrew Stevenson, OF

Injury: Back spasms 

Date placed on IL: May 9

Duration: 10-day

Games missed: 8

Status/reinstated: Expected to be out until at least May 17

Anibal Sanchez, RHP 

Injury: Left hamstring soreness 

Date placed on IL: TBD 

Duration: TBD 

Games missed: TBD 

Status/reinstated: TBD

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How will MLB's new extra inning with a runner on second rule work strategically?

How will MLB's new extra inning with a runner on second rule work strategically?

Major League Baseball is going to be bizarre in 2020. A 60-game schedule. The designated hitter in the National League. No fans.

But the change a lot of baseball fans might have the toughest getting used to is the tweak to extra innings. Each team will begin each extra inning with a man on second base. The crew from the Nationals Talk podcast had differing opinions on the new rule.

“I absolutely love it,” NBC Sports Washington's Nick Ashooh said.

Team reporter Todd Dybas did not agree.

“The rule is dumb. It goes against everything that baseball is about.”

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Chase Hughes broke the tie. “I’m a no on the rule too. I’m with Todd.”

What about the strategy of starting with a man on second base? Could team's exploit or alter the ending of the previous frame to set up a new inning? 

The rule states: “The runner placed on second base at the start of each half-inning shall be the player (or a substitute for such player) in the batting order immediately preceding that half-inning’s leadoff hitter.”

Dybas wondered if it would be wise to end the previous inning on purpose if a speedster is at the plate with two outs.

“Would it behoove [Giants'] Billy Hamilton to make the final out? So the next inning he would start at second base?” Hamilton is a career .242 hitting but has 299 stolen bases in 809 games played. 

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Frustration will also be inevitable. “I can’t wait to hear from the players on the first team to lose by that rule,” Hughes said. “What are they going to say?” 

2020 has already thrown us plenty of curveballs, the changes to baseball will just be a couple more the sports world will have to adjust to. 

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Report: 6 Nationals among players MLB didn't test for COVID-19 before flight from Dominican Republic

Report: 6 Nationals among players MLB didn't test for COVID-19 before flight from Dominican Republic

One of two flights chartered by Major League Baseball from the Dominican Republic to Miami carried multiple players that tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving in the U.S., The Washington Post reported Thursday evening. None of the more than 160 players and staff members were tested by MLB for the disease prior to flying.

Among the passengers on those flights—which flew out of Santo Domingo on July 1—were Nationals players Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Wander Suero and Fernando Abad as well as two of their prospects in Luis Garcia and Joan Adon. All six players are isolating in D.C. and one of them, The Post reported, tested positive for the coronavirus during intake screening July 2.

The Nationals announced Sunday that two players had tested positive upon arriving to D.C. and were in isolation. In addition to the six players who flew from the D.R., Howie Kendrick, Starlin Castro and Roenis Elías were absent from practice at Nationals Park this week. Although Castro returned to the field Thursday, Washington has yet to give any updates on the remaining players not cleared for play.

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“We’re still waiting to hear about those other guys,” manager Davey Martinez said in a Zoom press conference Thursday. “But they’re working diligently, MLB and our medical staff, to get those guys cleared. Hopefully, we’ll get them soon.”

The lack of testing prior to those flights was a result of insufficient resources in the D.R. to accommodate the number of people who were to board, The Post reported. The news comes three days after the Nationals opted to cancel practice due to test results taking over 72 hours to come in. General manager Mike Rizzo issued a strong statement that afternoon stressing the importance of quick testing.

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“We cannot have our players and staff work at risk,” Rizzo wrote. “We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families.  Without accurate and timely testing it is simply not safe for us to continue with Summer Camp.  Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab.  Otherwise, Summer Camp and the 2020 Season are at risk.”

MLB’s 2020 season is scheduled to begin July 23, when the Nationals are set to host the New York Yankees on Opening Night.

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