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RP Joe Ross (leg) will attempt to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. If Ross can get through that bullpen session, he'll make the start against the Cubs on Saturday. If he cannot, Erick Fedde will get the start in that game. The right-hander sustained a leg injury after being smashed by a comebacker against the Pirates on Monday.
Nationals signed LHP Sam Freeman to a minor league contract. He's been assigned to Triple-A Fresno. Freeman was released by the Angels on Monday after posting a 7.01 ERA in the PCL. The 32-year-old has a 3.62 ERA in the majors in eight partial major league seasons, but his inability to throw strikes has made a return to the big leagues very unlikely at this time.
SP Patrick Corbin fired eight innings of shutout baseball to beat the Pirates on Wednesday. He gave up just three hits -- all singles -- and issued two walks while striking out four in the dominant outing. He mowed down the Pirates with ease and they never mounted a serious scoring threat against him -- only two runners reached second base and none reached third. Corbin has been excellent throughout his first campaign with the Nationals and improves to 10-5 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 26 starts. He hasn't lost a game in more than two months. He has an elite 184:51 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 161 2/3 innings. The southpaw will have the pleasure of facing the Orioles in his next turn.
3B Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed a three-run homer in a lopsided win over the Pirates on Wednesday. The Nationals broke open a scoreless game by plating six runs in the third inning. Cabrera came to the plate with Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on base and promptly knocked a Joe Musgrove offering over the wall in center field. The veteran infielder went 1-for-5 on the day. He spent most of the season with the Rangers before being released and signing with the Nationals two weeks ago. His combined stat line for the season is .244/.329/.417 with 14 home runs and 64 RBI.
3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in an 11-1 thrashing of the Pirates on Wednesday. He punched a two-RBI single in the third inning as the Nationals scored six times in the frame. The knock helped Rendon reach the 100 RBI plateau for the second time in his career and matches his career high with five weeks remaining in the season. This will be the third consecutive season that Rendon has hit .300 or better, which is a rare feat in today's game. He currently rocks a .323/.402/.607 stat line with 27 home runs, 100 RBI, 90 runs and three steals in 112 games.
RP Hunter Strickland: Nose, day-to-day
2B Brian Dozier: Paternity, day-to-day
RP Joe Ross: Leg, day-to-day
RP Sean Doolittle: Knee, out indefinitely
RP Roenis Elias: Hamstring, late August
RP Jonny Venters: Shoulder, out indefinitely
SP Max Scherzer: Back, August 22
1B Ryan Zimmerman: Foot, late August
SP Austin Roth: Shoulder, late August
SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely
Thursday 8/22: Nationals @ Pirates, 7:05p.m., PNC Park
Friday 8/23: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field
Saturday 8/24: Nationals @ Cubs, 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field
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