Check out the latest news and notes surrounding the Washington Nationals.
1B Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a 7-1 triumph over the Pirates on Thursday. He drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning. He plated another pair of RBI in more impressive fashion in the eighth by cranking a two-run bomb that broke open a tight game. Kendrick has generated an elite .323/.376/.558 slash line this year but his counting stats are lagging behind due to sporadic playing time. He has 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 290 plate appearances.
3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-5 and clubbed a solo home run in a win over the Pirates on Thursday. His ninth-inning shot off reliever Chris Stratton extended the Nationals' lead to 7-1 in the lopsided contest. He also doubled on the evening and continues to rake at a near-MVP level. He owns a .324/.402/.613 slash line with 28 home runs, 101 RBI and 91 runs scored in 113 games.
SP Max Scherzer made his return from the injured list on Thursday and gave up one run in four innings against the Pirates. The only blemish on his line was a solo dinger by Adam Frazier. Scherzer struck out three, walked one and yielded four total hits. He departed the game with a lead but didn't stick around long enough to get credit for the win. This was just his second start since the All Star break due to a back injury. He is 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 21 starts this year. He has an unbelievable 192:26 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 138 1/3 innings.
RP Roenis Elias (hamstring) could throw a bullpen session this weekend. Elias was slated for mound work Thursday, but instead threw off flat ground. Assuming he comes out of Thursday unscathed, he should get in a pen session this weekend. The left-hander went down with a hamstring strain in his Nationals debut back on August 3. The Nats should have him back for the stretch run.
RP Hunter Strickland: Nose, day-to-day
2B Brian Dozier: Paternity, day-to-day
RP Joe Ross: Leg, day-to-day
RP Sean Doolittle: Knee, out indefinitely
RP Roenis Elias: Hamstring, late August
RP Jonny Venters: Shoulder, out indefinitely
SP Max Scherzer: Back, August 22
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, late August
SP Austin Roth: Shoulder, late August
SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely
Friday 8/23: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field
Saturday 8/24: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field
Sunday 8/25: Nationals @ Cubs 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field
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