District Daily: Nationals End Prospect Lucas Giolito’s Season


Jul 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams talks with general manager Mike Rizzo before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Start off your Sunday with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

Nats play it safe, end prospect Giolito’s season

(Bill Ladson and Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season as part of the organization’s protocol regarding players rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, MLB.com confirmed Saturday.

Giolito, who is the Nationals’ No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, underwent the surgery shortly after Washington selected the right-hander with the No. 16 pick in the 2012 Draft. Read full article here.

Nationals wishing good health for Fister

(Bill Ladson and Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals right-hander Doug Fister announced after Friday’s 10 -3 loss to the Giants that he had skin cancer removed from his neck earlier in the week.

Fister also said the procedure had nothing to do with Friday’s outing in which he allowed four runs in six innings. In fact, in that same game, Fister singled to center field and tried to break up a double play in the third inning.

According to manager Matt Williams, Fister is not expected to miss any starts and will pitch Wednesday against the Phillies. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals have grown into role as favorites to reach 2014 World Series

(Adam Kilgore, Washington Post)

Late Thursday afternoon, Anthony Rendon stood at his locker inside theWashington Nationals’ clubhouse and eschewed joy for measured caution. He had just given the Nationals their 10th consecutive victory with a game-ending base hit, one of five such “walk-off” wins during the thrilling streak. Rather than revel in the moment, Rendon reminded those within earshot of the coming fall.

“We’re just riding it as long as we can,” he said. “It’s a roller coaster. They always go back down. It’s baseball.”

Rendon’s words became prophetic the next night, when the Nationals’ streak ended with a loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Nationals observed the defeat in the same manner they had celebrated all the wins: with an eye of the next day, the next game. For them, what’s next is always more important than what has happened. Read full article here.