Washington Nationals News: Stephen Strasburg, Jonathan Papelbon progressing from injuries

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Jun 5, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon throws a pitch 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 a pitch 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 features an update on Stephen Strasburg and Jonathan Papelbon and the ripple effects Papelbon’s absence has had on the Washington Nationals bullpen.

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, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson has an update on injured Nationals right-handers Jonathan Papelbon and Stephen Strasburg. As Ladson notes, both pitchers threw on flat ground without any problems.

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Strasburg missed his last start against the Dodgers with an upper back strain, and it’s unknown if he’ll be able to make his next start Sunday against the Brewers. Papelbon has been on the disabled list since June 12th with an intercostal strain. According to Ladson, the veteran closer hopes to throw off the mound in Milwaukee.

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses the ripple effects that Papelbon’s stint on the disabled list has had on the Nationals’ bullpen. As Janes writes, the bullpen has been solid for most of the season but has stumbled a bit of late.

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.

Strasburg, Papelbon progressing from injuries

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

LOS ANGELES — The Nationals received encouraging news as right-handers Jonathan Papelbon and Stephen Strasburg threw on flat ground without any problems.

Manager Dusty Baker found it encouraging that Strasburg was able to throw, but the skipper wouldn’t say if Strasburg will be ready to pitch on Sunday against the Brewers.

Strasburg was supposed to pitch Monday against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, but was scratched because of an upper back strain. Read full article here.

Jonathan Papelbon’s absence has ripple effect on Nationals’ bullpen

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

LOS ANGELES — Nearly halfway through their season, the Washington Nationals remain well above .500 despite this week’s five-game losing streak. They lead the National League East despite limited contributions from some of those expected to provide a great deal but aided by production from those not expected to give them quite so much. Their starting rotation measures up statistically with the best in the majors.

But the question that loomed largest as spring training ended still lingers: How good is the bullpen?

And perhaps more important, is it good enough to win a division — and beyond? Read full article here.

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