Washington Nationals News: David Carpenter begins rehab assignment

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Dargan Southard gives us an update on Nationals reliever David Carpenter, who has been on the disabled list since last month with right shoulder inflammation. As Southard notes, Carpenter continues to work his way back from the injury and began a rehab assignment with High-A Potomac today.

Carpenter pitched one inning for Potomac, allowing one run on one hit while walking one batter. As Southard notes in his article, today’s game is likely the first of several rehab appearances for the Nationals’ right-hander. Carpenter, who has been on the disabled list since July 17 (retroactive to July 12) needs to get back to a bullpen workload—incorporating appearances and off days—before he can return to the big league club.

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While he’s still several days away from returning from the disabled list, the fact that Carpenter is making progress is great news for the Nationals. The team continues to get healthy in all aspects of the game, and adding Carpenter back to the ‘pen should help the Nationals’ late-inning relief corps down the stretch.

Also in today’s Daily, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post discusses why the Nationals might still have a shot at winning the NL East. While the Mets have a comfortable lead in the division right now, Janes provides several good reasons for why the outlook of the division could change down the stretch.

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.

Carpenter eyes return with rehab assignment

(Dargan Southard, MLB.com)

DENVER — Nationals reliever David Carpenter, who hasn’t pitched since July 5, started a rehab assignment on Wednesday with one inning at Class A Advanced Potomac.

Carpenter threw 15 pitches and faced five batters, yielding one run and one hit with a walk. While some relievers’ rehab appearances are often fairly short, Nationals manager Matt Williams said Carpenter’s return may take a little longer. Read full article here.

The glass-half-full argument: Here’s why the Nats can still win the NL East

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

DENVER — The old baseball adage, its credibility built on years of empirical evidence, says this: When it comes to the streaks and slumps of a six-month season, things are never as good as they feel when they are going well and never as bad as they feel when they are not. That sentiment brings teams solace in early spring, and did as the Nationals began their season 2-6, then 7-13. It eases stress a bit in July, and did so to some extent when the Nationals wrapped up that month as a losing one. Plenty of time left. Nobody panic.

But on late-August nights, as autumn approaches and the New York Mets maintain their grip on the division lead, that adage does little to dissipate the tension. The vaunted Nationals are in an unanticipated fight for their playoff existence. Go ahead, assign blame for four and a half months of underachieving, because the team arrived in Denver with a stunning losing record. But hold off on any proclamations about a lost season, because this one does not yet qualify. Read full article here.

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