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Washington Nationals Roundup: Rendon captures a rare feat in blowout of Pirates

Washington Nationals Roundup: Rendon captures a rare feat in blowout of Pirates

Check out the latest news and notes surrounding the Washington Nationals. 

Player Notes: 

RP Joe Ross (leg) will attempt to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. If Ross can get through that bullpen session, he'll make the start against the Cubs on Saturday. If he cannot, Erick Fedde will get the start in that game. The right-hander sustained a leg injury after being smashed by a comebacker against the Pirates on Monday.

Nationals signed LHP Sam Freeman to a minor league contract. He's been assigned to Triple-A Fresno. Freeman was released by the Angels on Monday after posting a 7.01 ERA in the PCL. The 32-year-old has a 3.62 ERA in the majors in eight partial major league seasons, but his inability to throw strikes has made a return to the big leagues very unlikely at this time.

SP Patrick Corbin fired eight innings of shutout baseball to beat the Pirates on Wednesday. He gave up just three hits -- all singles -- and issued two walks while striking out four in the dominant outing. He mowed down the Pirates with ease and they never mounted a serious scoring threat against him -- only two runners reached second base and none reached third. Corbin has been excellent throughout his first campaign with the Nationals and improves to 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 26 starts. He hasn't lost a game in more than two months. He has an elite 184:51 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 161 2/3 innings. The southpaw will have the pleasure of facing the Orioles in his next turn.

3B Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed a three-run homer in a lopsided win over the Pirates on Wednesday. The Nationals broke open a scoreless game by plating six runs in the third inning. Cabrera came to the plate with Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on base and promptly knocked a Joe Musgrove offering over the wall in center field. The veteran infielder went 1-for-5 on the day. He spent most of the season with the Rangers before being released and signing with the Nationals two weeks ago. His combined stat line for the season is .244/.329/.417 with 14 home runs and 64 RBI. 

3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in an 11-1 thrashing of the Pirates on Wednesday. He punched a two-RBI single in the third inning as the Nationals scored six times in the frame. The knock helped Rendon reach the 100 RBI plateau for the second time in his career and matches his career high with five weeks remaining in the season. This will be the third consecutive season that Rendon has hit .300 or better, which is a rare feat in today's game. He currently rocks a .323/.402/.607 stat line with 27 home runs, 100 RBI, 90 runs and three steals in 112 games.

Injuries: 

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 

Coming Up:

Thursday 8/22:  Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05p.m., PNC Park

Friday 8/23: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field

Saturday 8/24: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field

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Gerardo Parra signs with Japan's Giants, ending short-lived yet sensational career in Washington

Gerardo Parra signs with Japan's Giants, ending short-lived yet sensational career in Washington

Nationals outfielder Gerardo Parra has signed with Japan's Yomiuri Giants, ending his short-lived yet sensational career in Washington, MLB Trade Rumors reported early Wednesday.

Parra, known for his allegiance to "Baby Shark" became the catalyst for good mojo in the Nats' clubhouse. "Baby Shark" became the unofficial anthem of the Nationals' first-ever World Series championship thanks to Parra declaring it his walkup song in June to please his two-year-old daughter. "Baby Shark" quickly took hold and transformed D.C. into a shark frenzy.

"What he's done in that clubhouse has really changed the way these guys go about their business. I mean, it was business. There wasn't a whole lot of -- he made it fun for this team," Nationals manager Davey Martinez said to NBC Sports Washington in October.

"Those guys up there, every one of his teammates love him, love him. All the fans love him. He's just that guy. He's the Parra Shark."

Parra also spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants before being picked up by the Nats in early May.

Farewell, Parra Shark.

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Report: Stephen Strasburg could re-sign with Nationals before Winter Meetings

Report: Stephen Strasburg could re-sign with Nationals before Winter Meetings

The last time Nationals fans saw Stephen Strasburg, he was standing on a stage in Washington D.C. being forced into a group hug by several teammates.

Now a free agent after opting out of the remaining four years of the extension he signed in 2016, Strasburg has put himself in a position to sign with any team he pleases ahead of next season.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s headed out of the District. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported Monday that he thinks Strasburg could ink a deal with Washington before the Winter Meetings begin Dec. 8.

This would be a far cry from the trend demonstrated over the last two offseasons, when the biggest names waited until Spring Training to sign mega-deals—some even waiting well into the season.

"A lot of teams want Cole. A lot of teams want Rendon. I think these two guys may move faster because they're not going to have to manufacture markets for them,” Feinsand said on MLB Network. “These guys are in demand. It's going to be a matter of who's willing to give them the most money, but I don't think these two players are going to be the ones who are going into deep February [unsigned]."

The Nationals certainly have the payroll flexibility to sign such a deal after Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman’s significant salaries all came off the books. Signing Strasburg early would also suit Washington well, giving it the chance to modify its approach to addressing other needs accordingly while most of the other free agents are still on the market.

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