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Mattheus to have left foot evaluated

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus aggravated an already-ailing left foot running in pregame warmups today, manager Davey Johnson revealed at Citizens Bank Park. Mattheus will leave the team and head to Baltimore to be evaluated by a foot specialist.

Mattheus sustained a little injury to his left foot, hes being examined by the doctors here, Johnson said. I dont know if its a sprain, but hes had something bothering him in his plantar fascia.

Johnson said Mattheus believes the injury is not serious. The foot has been bothering him for about two weeks according to the Nats manager and may have been further aggravated on Monday.

Mattheus received an X-ray in Philadelphia but Johnson had yet to hear the results. Johnson is still hoping to have Mattheus available on Tuesday.

Mattheus was running with the pitchers in the outfield when he noticed something was wrong. He immediately came in to ice his foot and alert the training staff.

If it is determined Mattheus needs to go on the disabled list, Johnson said Chien-Ming Wang could take his roster spot. Wang is scheduled to throw a side session with the team on Tuesday. He is scheduled to throw another game for the Syracuse Chiefs, but could advance his schedule to join the big league club.

Johnson believes the foot hasnt affected Mattheus on the mound and reiterated they want to run tests before making any further judgments.

From the way he was talking, hell be fine tomorrow, Johnson said. It is his landing foot, but actually hes been throwing good. Yesterday was kind of an aberration.

Mattheus allowed two hits and walked a batter in one inning of work in Sundays game against the Orioles. He holds a 2.25 ERA in 19 appearances this season.

Meanwhile, Brad Lidge accompanied the Nationals to Philadelphia and threw long-toss from 180 feet Monday afternoon as the veteran right-hander moves closer to a return from hernia surgery.

Lidge is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time and then will head to the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla., to resume his rehab. He's targeting June 15 for a possible return from the DL.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.