Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Before tonight’s game against the Reds, get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
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In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Richard Justice discusses how he believes the Nationals are equipped to handle the loss of Jayson Werth. As Justice notes, Werth will be out until at least August with two fractures in his left wrist, but the team still has plenty of depth and talent to get them through the next few months without him.
A Justice points out in his article, the Nationals have already been dealt several blows this season and Werth spending significant time on the disabled list is not the first challenge the team has had to overcome in 2015.
The Nationals have already seen extended DL stints from Denard Span and Casey Janssen. Of course, the team has yet to see last year’s best player, Anthony Rendon, this season. Rendon has been on the DL since he hurt his knee in Spring Training, and while he should be back soon (he begins his rehab assignment in Harrisburg today), he’s still missed the first two months of the season.
Despite the challenges, the Nationals are playing very well. After a slow start to the season, the ball club is the hottest team in baseball and is leading its division, thanks to overall improvement in all aspects of the game and the emergence of Bryce Harper as the best player in the universe. So, as Justice notes, the Nationals have plenty of tools to make up for the loss of Werth. Obviously it’s terrible news that one of the team’s best hitters will be out all summer, but the Nationals will just have to win without him, and it looks like they’ll be able to do just that.
Also in today’s daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses Ryan Zimmerman‘s transition to first base. As Janes notes, the transition has been smoother than anyone expected it to be, and the Face of the Franchise is playing excellent defense at first base.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Nats equipped to handle loss of Werth
The Washington Nationals just caught another lousy break with the news that Jayson Werth will be sidelined until around August with a broken left wrist. That’s not their first piece of bad news this season. Probably won’t be their last.
Sometimes, teams get tested in ways they never imagined. One player goes down, and then another and then another. After a while, players look around and see a lineup card dotted with names they never imagined they’d be seeing on a regular basis. These kinds of things can sometimes bring a team closer, ramp up its competitive fire, etc.
When Garrett Richards got hurt in late August last season, it appeared to be a devastating blow to the Angels. Could they still make the postseason without their No. 1 pitcher? Read full article here.
First things first: Ryan Zimmerman’s position change hasn’t been an issue
CHICAGO — Three Washington Nationals have started every game so far: Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. Harper has drawn attention like he has drawn walks: daily and more than anyone in the majors. Desmond could not evade notice early on because as balls slipped away at shortstop in April, he stumbled into the spotlight, too.
All the while, Zimmerman stood at first base, unnoticed relative to the other two and to his teammates. He is again a quiet cornerstone, albeit at a different corner, absorbing the lessons of a new position so efficiently it is easy to forget he played third base a year ago. Read full article here.