Washington Nationals News: Stephen Strasburg has stuff to stand out


Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! The Washington Nationals won again yesterday afternoon, beating the Tigers, 6-4. And with Opening Day just a few weeks away, there’s plenty of news to talk about coming out of Nationals’ camp.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince discusses Stephen Strasburg‘s potential to stand out from the Nats’ otherworldly starting rotation. While many assume newly-acquired starter Max Scherzer will lead what is expected to be the best rotation in baseball, Strasburg has the potential to stand out from the pack, according to Castrovince.

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Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. The Nationals have five great starters, and any of the team’s top-4 starters could be an ace on most rotations in baseball. Fortunately, the Nationals don’t neccesarily need Strasburg to stand out in 2015. What they do need, however, is for Strasburg to turn in another dominant season just like he did in 2014. If he can do that, it really doesn’t matter if everyone else on the staff outperforms him––which, by the way, is highly unlikely.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses Anthony Rendon and Jayson worth working their way back from injuries. Needless to day, the Nationals need both Rendon and Werth to recover as soon as possible as they’re arguably the team’s best hitters.

We’ll continue to monitor Rendon and Werth’s health situation in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to stay tuned to DoD for all your Nationals needs. For now, start off your day with these great Nationals articles from around the web:

On star-studded staff, Strasburg has stuff to stand out

(Anthony Castrovince, MLB.com)

LAKELAND, Fla. — Davey Johnson was here Tuesday checking in on his old team, and he addressed the Nationals’ glut of Opening Day starting options simply and succinctly.

“It’s probably lined up how [manager Matt Williams] wants it,” the former Washington skipper said. “Just count the days.”

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Stephen Strasburg, having recovered from an ingrown toenail, started Tuesday against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, and he looked marvelous. So count the days. Assuming a regular schedule of four days’ rest from here forward, the righty is right on schedule to start the Nats’ highly anticipated April 6 opener at home against the Mets.

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Rendon, Werth working their way back

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

VIERA, Fla. — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he was “astonished” that he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against the Braves on March 9. Rendon injured the knee while making a great diving play in the sixth inning.

“It was terrible,” Rendon said. “I dove plenty of times. I banged up my knee. When it happened, I felt it. I bruised my knee and I thought it would be sore for a couple of days and I’ll play through it. It gradually got a little worse. Now, it’s just a little tuck. It’s still poking at me. It’s not bad, though.” Read full article here.

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