Washington Nationals News: Jonathan Papelbon feeling better, no timetable for return

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Jun 5, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Nationals won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 5, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Nationals won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today’s District Daily discusses Jonathan Papelbon’s progress and some top prospects who could help the Washington Nationals down the stretch.

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

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes gives us an update on injured Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. As Janes writes in her article, Papelbon is feeling better and has been throwing.

MLB.com’s Bill Ladson also reported that Papelbon was pitching on flat ground before today’s game against the Dodgers:

According to Janes, Papelbon didn’t have much to say about his injury, and we still don’t know when he’ll be able to return from the disabled list. The Nationals could activate Papelbon as early as next week.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses which prospects might be able to help the Nationals down the stretch. As Ladson writes, the Nationals have several prospects — including top prospects Lucas Giolito and Trea Turner — who could help the team late in the season.

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.

The latest on Jonathan Papelbon, what Felipe Rivero wants to improve, and more

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

LOS ANGELES — Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon did not have much to say about his injury when asked for an update on his right intercostal trouble Monday afternoon. He is feeling better, he said. He is throwing, too. Those are both good signs.

Dusty Baker did not provide many specifics, either. Papelbon is not eligible to come off the disabled list until late next week, though neither he nor his manager gave any sense of whether the allotted 15 days will be enough for full recovery. Read full article here.

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8 prospects who could help Nats down stretch

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

LOS ANGELES — The Nationals are likely to do more than just trade for players during the pennant stretch. They will also go to their Minor League system and look for help.

Here are eight players who warrant consideration for promotion to the big leagues:

OF Matt den Dekker: den Dekker has already been called up twice and was a valuable backup. He will probably get a callup if one of the outfielders goes down with an injury. Read full article here.

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