Check out the latest news and notes surrounding the Washington Nationals.
SP Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout frames but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Pirates couldn't get anything going off of Strasburg, who permitted only four singles and one walk while fanning six batters. He had thrown just 94 pitches through his seven superb frames, but manager Dave Martinez decided that was enough. Naturally, the bullpen then melted down. Strasburg had been a little shaky in August coming into this one, so this effort was nice to see even though he wasn't able to get a win. He will take on the Cubs at Wrigley on Sunday.
RP Daniel Hudson was charged with a blown save in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. Hudson inherited a bases-loaded, no-out jam from Wander Suero in the eighth inning and first allowed a game-tying sac fly. Then the big blow came with Starling Marte launching a three-run homer. Hudson has pitched well overall since joining the Nationals and should still be in the mix for saves while Sean Doolittle (knee) is out, although manager Dave Martinez has promised a committee approach.
3B Anthony Rendon reached base in all four of his plate appearances in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. The Nationals' offense has been on a roll, but they were quiet in this one even after starter Chris Archer departed after one inning with an injury. Rendon was the exception, though, doubling, singling twice, walking and adding his third stolen base of the season. He's hitting .322/.400/.608.
RP Hunter Strickland has a broken nose but will be available out of the Nationals' bullpen Tuesday versus the Pirates. Strickland suffered the nasal fracture in a weightlifting accident on Tuesday afternoon in Pittsburgh. He has been cleared to pitch through the injury and may be first in line for saves right now in the Nationals' bullpen with Sean Doolittle (knee) sitting on the injured list.
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
Wednesday 8/21: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Thursday 8/22: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05p.m., PNC Park
Friday 8/23: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field
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