The Nationals dropped the first two games of the home series against the St. Louis Cardinals to wrap up a rough month of April. Two more games against the Cardinals remain as they turn the calendar over to May.
Here's the latest news on that Nationals:
3B Anthony Rendon was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 27, with a left elbow contusion. Rendon was hit in the left elbow by a pitch on April 20 and tried to give it a go on Friday, but he's still not 100 percent. The earliest he'll be able to return is on May 7. Dan Jennings will take his spot on the active roster.
Nationals purchased LHP Dan Jennings contract from Double-A Harrisburg after sending Rendon to the IL. In his first game with the club he was thrown into action with two-thirds of an inning pitched with one hit, one walk and striking out one batter. Jennings put up a 3.22 ERA in 72 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers last year and allowed one run over his first 3 2/3 innings in Double-A this year.
RHP Austin Adams was designated for assignment to open a spot for Jennings on the 40-man roster. Adams allowed one run in his lone appearance with the Nats this season, though he had an impressive 2.70 ERA and 20/3 K/BB ratio through his first 10 innings in Triple-A. It's possible he'll draw some interest.
OF Adam Eaton homered and added a single Tuesday against the Cardinals. Eaton hit the first of back-to-back homers off of Adam Wainwright in the third inning, yanking one down the right field line and just over the wall. It was just his second long ball so far this season, as Eaton hasn't been hitting for much extra-base pop. He's getting on base plenty, though, with a .357 OBP.
OF Victor Robles followed Adam Eaton's solo shot against the Cardinals to lead off the bottom of the third inning with a dinger of his own, as he lifted a towering blast into the bullpen. Robles' rate stats haven't been great, but he's been excellent so far from a counting stats perspective, especially considering he's spent most of the year batting ninth.
SP Anibal Sanchez fanned seven but allowed three runs over five innings of work Tuesday in a loss to the Cardinals. Sanchez was cruising through three, facing just one above the minimum while notching six strikeouts. He then got into some trouble in the fourth, allowing a two-out single to Jose Martinez and walking Molina in a nine-pitch at-bat to load the bases. Kolten Wong then laid down a perfect bunt to push in a run and Harrison Bader followed with a two-RBI single. He’s now 0-4 with a 5.91 ERA. Sanchez has a tough matchup in Philadelphia on Sunday.
OF Dexter Fowler was out of the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday because of the flu. He should be fine after a day or two of rest. Jose Martinez took his spot in right field and batted fifth Tuesday against Sanchez. Martinez was 2-3 with a walk and scored a run.
RP Luke Gregerson is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session Wednesday at Nationals Park after a minor league rehab assignment due to a shoulder injury. Gregerson posted a 1.64 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 11 while in the minors. He should be activated off the injured list before the end of the week and could pitch against the Nats.
3B Matt Carpenter struck out in his first four plate appearances before drawing a walk to finish his Tuesday night against the Nationals. He wore the golden sombrero and narrowly missing donning the platinum sombrero when a Dan Jennings 3-2 offering in the ninth missed. The Cardinals' offense has been red-hot but Carpenter has yet to get in on the fun, as he doesn't have a single extra-base hit over his last nine contests. Remember, he was awful last April too, before taking off for a four-month run.
RP Andrew Miller recorded his first save as a Cardinals by retiring the only two batters he faced in Tuesday's win over the Nationals. Jordan Hicks was unavailable after throwing in three straight. Miller came on with a runner on in the ninth to get a strikeout and popout to end it. Missing bats hasn't been an issue, but Miller has had trouble throwing strikes this season. Still, he's surely second in line for saves behind Hicks.
3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow, 10-Day IL
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Plantar Fasciitis, 10-Day IL
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL
RP Trevor Rosenthal: Flu, 10-day IL
SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL
Wednesday, 5/1: Cardinals @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
Thursday, 5/2: Cardinals @ Nationals, 4:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park
Friday, 5/3: National @ Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park
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