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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer could miss next start due to ankle injury

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Max Scherzer could miss next start due to ankle injury

The Nationals crushed the Phillies 15-1 Wednesday night. Here's the latest news surrounding the team.

Player Notes: 

Nationals ace Max Scherzer threw off flat ground with a wrap around his right ankle Wednesday. Scherzer took a comebacker off the ankle during his last start against the Mets Sunday, and his next scheduled start -- Saturday against the Pirates -- could be at risk due to the injury. Scherzer is planning to throw a bullpen session Thursday to further test the ankle. 

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson went six shutout innings in his first start of the season Wednesday, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out six Phillies. He also had a productive night with the bat, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Several Nats had stellar performances at the plate Wednesday. Anthony Rendon with 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three driven in on a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. Brian Dozier singled three times and scored three runs, while Adam Eaton was a menace to Philadelphia all night long, reaching base with three hits, a walk, scoring three runs and driving in two more. 

Left-handed reliever Tony Sipp left Wednesday's win against the Phillies with soreness in his left shoulder, manager Dave Martinez told reporters. Washington has a day off Thursday, and Sipp will be reevaluated before the Nats take on the Pirates Friday. 

Second base prospect Luis Garcia 3-for-4 with a double Tuesday for Double-A Harrisburg. Garcia, the Nats' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, also scored twice for the Senators. 

Injuries:

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL 

P Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

Coming Up: 

Friday, 4/12: Pirates @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m., Nats Park

Saturday, 4/13: Pirates @Nationals, 4:05 p.m., Nats Park 

Sunday, 4/14: Pirates @Nationals, 1:35 p.m., Nats Park 

Source: Rotoworld

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Former Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn on MLB's 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

Former Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn on MLB's 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Monday the 32 names that are on the 2020 ballot, and one former Nationals player was listed.

That would be first baseman Adam Dunn, who played for Washington for two seasons, 2009 and 2010. 

In his two seasons in the nation's capital, Dunn displayed the power that had only been seen by Alfonso Soriano before in a Nationals uniform. Dunn hit exactly 38 home runs in both seasons, topping 100 RBIs during both campaigns, too.

Of course, should Dunn be selected into the Hall of Fame, the Nationals would not be his primary team. The slugger spent the first eight seasons of his MLB career with the Cincinnati Reds, and spent three and a half seasons with the Chicago White Sox following his time in D.C.

2020 is Dunn's first year on the ballot. While he had a long, respectable career, it's unlikely he's voted in right away, if at all.

The Nationals still don't have a primary member in the Hall of Fame, as catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is currently the only player in the Hall that sported a Curly W since the team relocated to Washington from Montreal in 2005.

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Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner finally found the time to have his finger fixed.

A Saturday Instagram post showed Turner holding up his heavily wrapped right hand and held the caption: "Only took 7 months to get this finger fixed but now my ring will fit better! 🏆 Thank you to Dr. Carlson and all the staff at @hspecialsurgery for taking care of me! World class job by everyone! Forever thankful!"

"Can’t wait to start hitting with 10 fingers..."

Turner did not play from April 3 to May 17 after fracturing a knuckle on his right index finger when he turned to bunt, and a pitch from Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin struck his finger.

Turner's absence was among several enormous blows to the Nationals' health early in the season. His replacements -- Wilmer Difo and prospect Carter Kieboom -- both played poorly. Turner finished his shortened season as a 2.4-WAR player. Difo and Kieboom combined for -2.1 WAR in limited duty. The swing from Turner to his replacements became a massive hole and coincided with the Nationals bumbling through April and May.

When Turner returned, he still was not healed. He swung with nine fingers on the bat. Often, it flew out of his hands at the end of the swing when he first began to play again. He was never able to bend the finger enough so the tip touched the palm of his hand. Turner also went to great length not to discuss his situation through the year.

There was no immediate timeline for Turner's recovery process available Saturday.

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