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Nationals sign player development contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League

The Washington Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday. The contract begins in 2019 and runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the joint announcement, along with Fresno's Team President, Derek Franks.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. "Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off."

The Washington Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday. The contract begins in 2019 and runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the joint announcement, along with Fresno's Team President, Derek Franks.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. "Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off."

The Fresno Grizzlies will be Washington's fourth Triple-A club after being affiliated with Syracuse (2009-18), Columbus (2007-08) and New Orleans (2005-06) since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005.   

Fresno began play in 1998, serving as a Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants until 2014 before joining Houston's player development system in 2015. The Grizzlies play at Chukchansi Park, an 11,800 seat stadium in downtown Fresno, Calif. The Grizzlies play in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Northern Division along with the Reno Aces, Tacoma Rainers and Sacramento River Cats. 

"This is another thrilling new chapter for Fresno Grizzlies baseball- we can't wait for the Nationals to get on the ground in Central California and see everything this community has to offer," said Derek Franks, Fresno team president. "Our new ownership group is continuing several upgrades to both the fan experience and baseball operations facets of Chukchansi Park that began during our previous PDC with Houston, including plans for a brand new playing surface in 2019. I believe the Washington Nationals will find this a comfortable place to cultivate all of their young talent, and will see early on how committed the fans of "Growlifornia' are to baseball in the Central Valley," continued Franks.

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Following a week in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, 12 walks, two strikeouts and six runs scored in six games, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Harper led the National League in on-base percentage (.655), walks (12) and OPS (1.593) and ranked among National League hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .938) and batting average (T3rd, .438). He reached base safely in each of the six games and hit safely in five of the six this week.

Following a week in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, 12 walks, two strikeouts and six runs scored in six games, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Harper led the National League in on-base percentage (.655), walks (12) and OPS (1.593) and ranked among National League hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .938) and batting average (T3rd, .438). He reached base safely in each of the six games and hit safely in five of the six this week.

Harper capped the week by reaching base safely in seven of his eight plate appearances during Saturday's doubleheader, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, five walks and three runs scored. With the Nationals trailing, 5-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2, Harper crushed a two run home run to put the Nationals ahead for good, 6-5.

This award marks the ninth taken home by a Nationals player so far in 2018:

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Nationals renew player development contracts with Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown

The Washington Nationals announced the signing of two-year Player Development Contract extensions with the Single-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League and the Single-A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League on Monday. The extensions, which begin in 2019, run through the 2020 season.

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement along with Potomac Nationals General Manager, Operations, Aaron Johnson and Potomac Nationals General Manager, Sales, Bryan Holland as well as Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter made the joint announcements.

The Washington Nationals announced the signing of two-year Player Development Contract extensions with the Single-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League and the Single-A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League on Monday. The extensions, which begin in 2019, run through the 2020 season.

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement along with Potomac Nationals General Manager, Operations, Aaron Johnson and Potomac Nationals General Manager, Sales, Bryan Holland as well as Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter made the joint announcements.

"Potomac and Hagerstown are tremendous assets to our player development system," Rizzo said. "Their dedication to helping develop Major Leaguers and their assistance in rehabbing our injured players is second to none. We are happy to be able to continue working with each respective organization."

"We are excited to continue our relationship with Potomac and Hagerstown," Harris said. "These two organizations - and communities - are key cogs in the development of our young players. In addition, their proximity to Washington, D.C. allows us to utilize them as an asset in the rehabilitation process."

A Nationals affiliate since 2005, the Potomac Nationals claimed the 2018 Carolina League Northern Division First Half Championship and will open the Carolina League playoffs on Wednesday at the Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE).

"The renewal of our franchise's long-time, invaluable partnership with the Washington Nationals signifies that both of our clubs will continue to benefit and prosper from our player development agreement moving forward," said Potomac Nationals Chairman/CEO Art Silber. "It has been our pleasure and privilege to work with the Washington Nationals as a valued member of their Minor League system, and we take great pride in playing a role in the process of developing Washington's prospects into Big Leaguers."

The Nationals and Suns have been partners since 2007, making the upcoming 2019 season their 13th season together.

"We're very excited to extend our PDC with the Washington Nationals," said Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter. "We've had a great relationship with the organization for over a decade and look forward to continuing that relationship for years to come."

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Nationals recall Pedro Severino and select Austen Williams

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Austen Williams from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Severino, 25, returns to Washington after hitting .269 with five doubles, one triple, six homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored in 33 games with Triple-A Syracuse. He joins the Nationals riding a nine-game hitting streak with the Chiefs, going 17-for-37 (.459) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI during the streak.

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Austen Williams from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Severino, 25, returns to Washington after hitting .269 with five doubles, one triple, six homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored in 33 games with Triple-A Syracuse. He joins the Nationals riding a nine-game hitting streak with the Chiefs, going 17-for-37 (.459) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI during the streak.

Severino began the season with the Nationals, hitting .171 with nine doubles, two homers, 15 RBI, 17 walks and 13 runs scored in 63 games. He was optioned to Syracuse on July 9.

Williams, 25, went 3-3 with two saves and a 1.19 ERA in 32 games (two starts) between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. In 68.0 innings, he struck out 89 batters, walked 17 and posted a 0.84 WHIP. Williams held opposing batters to a .166 average and did not allow a home run in 2018. Of his 30 games out of the bullpen, 23 were more than one inning in length. He posted a 1.16 ERA (7 ER/54.1 IP) with 72 strikeouts against 11 walks in those 23 outings.

After working exclusively as a starter (24-35, 4.38 ERA, 81 GS) in his first four professional seasons (2014-17), Williams converted to the bullpen in 2018. He began the season with Harrisburg, posting a 1.41 ERA (7 ER/44.2 IP) while going 3-2 with one save in 22 games out of their bullpen. He was called upon to make two starts - June 20 vs. Bowie and Jun 26 at Altoona - and went 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA (1 ER/7.0 IP) in those two outings.

Williams was promoted to Syracuse on Aug. 2 where he offered scoreless relief in seven of his eight outings with the Chiefs. He allowed just one earned run in 16.1 IP (0.55 ERA) while striking out 20 batters and issuing just four walks. Opposing Triple-A batters went 6-for-54 (.111) against him.

Williams was selected in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas State University. He was named the recipient of Washington's "Bob Boone Award" following a 2015 season in which he went 12-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 25 starts across three levels of Washington's Minor League system.

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Nationals acquire KJ Harrison and Gilbert Lara

The Washington Nationals acquired catcher/first baseman KJ Harrison and infielder Gilbert Lara from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez and international slot value on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harrison, 22, was a third round pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. In his first full professional season in 2018, he hit .228 with 29 doubles, 12 homers, 51 RBI, 39 walks, and 45 runs scored in 115 games for Single-A Wisconsin. He entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 16 prospect and by MLB.com as the No. 29 prospect in Milwaukee's Minor League system.

The Washington Nationals acquired catcher/first baseman KJ Harrison and infielder Gilbert Lara from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez and international slot value on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harrison, 22, was a third round pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. In his first full professional season in 2018, he hit .228 with 29 doubles, 12 homers, 51 RBI, 39 walks, and 45 runs scored in 115 games for Single-A Wisconsin. He entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 16 prospect and by MLB.com as the No. 29 prospect in Milwaukee's Minor League system.

In 2017, the Kailua, HI native hit .308 with 14 doubles, 10 homers, 33 RBI, 23 walks and 38 runs scored in 48 games for Rookie-level Helena.

The six-foot, 208-pound right-hander has appeared at both first base (54 G) and catcher (43 G) in two Minor League seasons.

Lara, 20, hit .249 with 26 doubles, two triples, five homers, 46 RBI, 18 walks and 45 runs scored in 115 games for Single-A Wisconsin in 2018.

A native of Bani, Dominican Republic, Lara was signed by Milwaukee at the age of 16 as a non-drafted free agent on July 10, 2014. He has appeared at shortstop (215 G) and third base (85 G) while hitting .237 with 49 doubles, eight triples, 11 homers, 127 RBI, 53 walks and 124 runs scored in his four professional seasons.

Gonzalez, 32, went 86-65 with a 3.62 ERA in 213 starts for the Washington Nationals after being acquired prior to the 2012 season. He ranks on Washington's all-time (2005-pres.) list in starts (1st, 213), innings pitched (1st, 1,253.1), strikeouts (2nd, 1,215) and wins (2nd, 86).

Since joining the Nationals in 2012, Gonzalez ranks fifth in Major League Baseball with 213 starts and ranked among Major League left-handed pitchers in home runs per 9.0 IP (2nd, 0.71), opp. slugging percentage (5th, .363), opp. batting average (5th, .239), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (6th, 8.72), strikeouts (7th, 1,215) and ERA (9th, .3.62).

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Nationals acquire Andrew Istler

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on Friday. Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles' Minor League system in 2018. He recorded 73 strikeouts against 19 walks (3.84 SO/BB), a 0.89 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .188 batting average. Of his 40 relief appearances, 30 were longer than one inning. 

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on Friday. Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles' Minor League system in 2018. He recorded 73 strikeouts against 19 walks (3.84 SO/BB), a 0.89 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .188 batting average. Of his 40 relief appearances, 30 were longer than one inning. 

Istler has tossed scoreless relief in his last eight outings dating to Aug. 4. During this stretch, opposing batters are 6-for-37 (.162) with nine strikeouts and four walks.

Selected in the 23rd round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, Istler has appeared in 128 professional games, going 10-11 with a 3.65 ERA along the way. He has struck out nearly one batter per inning (194 SO/197.0 IP) while posting a 3.73 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a professional.

Solis, 30, returns to the Nationals after being optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 14. He tossed scoreless relief in all five appearances with the Chiefs. He struck out nine batters, issued one walk and allowed two hits in the five outings.

Madson, 38, went 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. He was acquired by the Nationals -- along with Sean Doolittle -- from the Oakland Athletics on July 16, 2017.

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Nationals Announce 2019 Spring Training Schedule

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 Spring Training schedule on Wednesday. The third season of Grapefruit League action at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 23rd when the Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros. The Nationals will host 15 home games during the 30-game Grapefruit League slate.

In addition to the 15 home games, the Nationals will face the Astros as the road team on March 10 and March 24. Including the 17 games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, combined with five visits to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. to face the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, 22 of Washington's 30 Spring Training games will take place within Palm Beach County.

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 Spring Training schedule on Wednesday. The third season of Grapefruit League action at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 23rd when the Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros. The Nationals will host 15 home games during the 30-game Grapefruit League slate.

In addition to the 15 home games, the Nationals will face the Astros as the road team on March 10 and March 24. Including the 17 games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, combined with five visits to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. to face the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, 22 of Washington's 30 Spring Training games will take place within Palm Beach County.

Washington will host home games each Saturday during 2019 Spring Training. In addition to the home opener on Feb. 23rd, the Nationals' Saturdays will feature visits from the Minnesota Twins on March 2nd, the Miami Marlins on March 9th and the St. Louis Cardinals on March 16th and March 23rd.

The Boston Red Sox will visit FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 5th, kicking off a stretch in which the Nationals play six games at their home park in the span of nine days, March 5th through March 13th.

The Nationals will travel to Kissimmee, Fla. to face the Atlanta Braves on Feb. 25th and March 19th and will make the trek to Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 28th to play the Boston Red Sox and on March 14th to play the Minnesota Twins.

The Florida portion of the schedule will conclude on March 24th with split-squad action that will send the Nationals to Port St. Lucie to face the New York Mets while Washington and Houston play the final game of the 2019 campaign at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The Nationals will welcome the New York Yankees to Nationals Park for an exhibition game on March 25th, capping the 2019 Spring Training schedule.

Fans can begin placing deposits today for Nationals Spring Training Season Tickets and Group Tickets by visiting nationals.com/spring.

Spring Training ticket on-sale dates are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 17th - Season tickets for all 30 home games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches as well as Nationals 15-game packages
  • Thursday, Nov. 1st - Four-game Flex Plans
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th - Individual-game tickets for all Nationals Spring Training home games

All tickets are available online at nationals.com/spring or by calling 561.500.HITS(4487) Ext. 3. For more information on FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, visit www.fitteamballpark.com or call 561.500.HITS(4487).

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Nationals reinstate Ryan Madson

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Madson, 37, returns to the active roster after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 14 (retroactive to Aug. 13) with lumbar nerve root irritation. Prior to his outing on Aug. 12 at Chicago, Madson had allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) spanning 12 outings from July 10 to Aug. 9.

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Madson, 37, returns to the active roster after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 14 (retroactive to Aug. 13) with lumbar nerve root irritation. Prior to his outing on Aug. 12 at Chicago, Madson had allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) spanning 12 outings from July 10 to Aug. 9.

Herrera, 28, is 1-2 with three saves and a 4.34 ERA in 21 games with the Nationals.

Please see attachment for updated 25-man roster.

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Nationals reinstate Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 30, returns to the Nationals after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 26 with a cervical nerve impingement. He is 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 starts for Washington in 2018. He has recorded 10.65 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (101 SO/85.1 IP) and a 4.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season.

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 30, returns to the Nationals after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 26 with a cervical nerve impingement. He is 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 starts for Washington in 2018. He has recorded 10.65 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (101 SO/85.1 IP) and a 4.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season.

Sanchez, 28, did not appear in a game during this stint with the Nationals. He was recalled prior to Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Nationals Announce 2019 Schedule

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The 15th season of Nationals baseball will commence with an Opening Day matchup against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on March 28th, marking the earliest start of the season in Nationals history (2005-present). Washington's initial homestand will feature three games against the Mets before welcoming the Philadelphia Phillies for two games, April 2nd and 3rd.

Nationals Park will host 13 homestands next season, with two extending beyond nine games. The Nationals will host 13 weekend series and will celebrate with holiday crowds three times in 2019. The Marlins will visit Nationals Park for both Memorial Day (May 27th) and the annual Fourth of July game at Nationals Park. Finally, the Nationals will welcome the New York Mets on Labor Day (Sept. 2nd).

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The 15th season of Nationals baseball will commence with an Opening Day matchup against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on March 28th, marking the earliest start of the season in Nationals history (2005-present). Washington's initial homestand will feature three games against the Mets before welcoming the Philadelphia Phillies for two games, April 2nd and 3rd.

Nationals Park will host 13 homestands next season, with two extending beyond nine games. The Nationals will host 13 weekend series and will celebrate with holiday crowds three times in 2019. The Marlins will visit Nationals Park for both Memorial Day (May 27th) and the annual Fourth of July game at Nationals Park. Finally, the Nationals will welcome the New York Mets on Labor Day (Sept. 2nd).

Interleague play will match the Nationals up with American League Central. The Nationals will welcome the Chicago White Sox (June 4th-5th), Kansas City Royals (July 5th-7th) and Cleveland Indians (Sept. 27th-29th) to Nationals Park. They will travel to face the Chicago White Sox (June 10th-11th), Detroit Tigers (June 28th-30th) and Minnesota Twins (Sept. 10th-12th). Washington's visit to Minnesota in September will mark the Nationals' first visit to Target Field, which opened in 2010.

The annual Beltway Series with the Baltimore Orioles will renew on July 16th-17th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Orioles will visit Nationals Park Aug. 27th-28th.

The Nationals will make three visits to the West Coast, starting with a four-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers May 9th-12th, a series that will cap a 10-game road trip that will take Washington from Philadelphia (May 3rd-5th) to Milwaukee (May 6th-8th) before ending in Los Angeles. The Nationals will travel to San Diego from June 6th-9th and will finish their West Coast slate with a six-game road trip to Arizona (Aug. 2nd-4th) and San Francisco (Aug. 5th-7th).

Twenty of Washington's final 29 games will come against divisional foes and they will conclude the 2019 regular season schedule with a seven-game homestand against the Philadelphia Phillies (Sept. 23rd-26th) and Cleveland Indians (Sept. 27th-29th).

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Nationals announce roster moves

The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for second baseman Daniel Murphy on Tuesday. In addition, the Nationals traded first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Monasterio, 21, hit .263 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 52 walks, 10 stolen bases and 52 runs scored in 109 games for Myrtle Beach of the Single-A Carolina League this season. An athletic, versatile infielder, Monasterio was cited by Baseball America as a rising prospect in Chicago's system in their 2018 mid-season update.

The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for second baseman Daniel Murphy on Tuesday. In addition, the Nationals traded first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Monasterio, 21, hit .263 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 52 walks, 10 stolen bases and 52 runs scored in 109 games for Myrtle Beach of the Single-A Carolina League this season. An athletic, versatile infielder, Monasterio was cited by Baseball America as a rising prospect in Chicago's system in their 2018 mid-season update.

In 336 professional games, Monasterio has hit .264 with 50 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 107 RBI, 46 stolen bases and 186 runs scored. He has appeared at shortstop (198 G/190 GS), second base (94 G/91 GS) and third base (39 G/37 GS).

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Monasterio is in his fifth professional season after signing with the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on May 7, 2014. 

Murphy, 33, hit .329 with 99 doubles, eight triples, 54 homers, 226 RBI, 100 walks and 199 runs scored in 342 games with the Nationals since joining the organization prior to the 2015 season. Arguably the top free agent signing of the 2015 offseason, Murphy represented the Washington Nationals in the 2016 and 2017 All-Star Games, took home two Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger awards (2016, 2017) and finished second in the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player voting.

Adams, 29, hit .257 with nine doubles, 18 home runs, 48 RBI, 24 walks and 37 runs scored in 94 games for the Nationals in 2018.

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Washington Nationals Dream Foundation announces 2018 Delta Dream Grant recipients

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines are proud to announce the 11 recipients of the 2018 Delta Dream Grants. 

The Nationals Dream Foundation introduced Delta Dream Grants during the 2016 season, an initiative which awards grants to nonprofits that provide services to children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region. Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, the funding provides support for effective programming in accordance with the mission of the Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines' commitment to give back to the communities where employees live and work. 

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines are proud to announce the 11 recipients of the 2018 Delta Dream Grants. 

The Nationals Dream Foundation introduced Delta Dream Grants during the 2016 season, an initiative which awards grants to nonprofits that provide services to children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region. Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, the funding provides support for effective programming in accordance with the mission of the Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines' commitment to give back to the communities where employees live and work. 

A full list of this year's recipients can be found below. 

Organization -- Donation Type
Banneker City Baseball -- Baseball Equipment/Field Refurbishment
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Capitol City Little League -- Baseball Equipment/Field Refurbishment
DC UrbanGreens, Inc. -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Falls Church Kiwanis Little League -- Baseball Equipment/Field Refurbishment
Fauquier FISH -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
FRESHFARM -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Kid Power, Inc. -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Martha's Table -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
South Lakes High School PTSA Food Pantry -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation

"In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we are delighted to unveil the 2018 Delta Dream Grant recipients," said Tal Alter, Vice President, Nationals Dream Foundation & Youth Baseball Academy. "We received applications throughout the year from many deserving groups and are extremely proud to support these 11 organizations. This year's grants are dedicated to improving local programming focused on healthful nutrition, as well as the refurbishment of youth baseball fields and/or the purchase of substantial baseball equipment. We are confident that the 2018 Delta Dream Grants will go a long way to improve the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region."

The 2018 Delta Dream Grant recipients will be honored during an on-field ceremony at Nationals Park on Tuesday, August 21. Tal Alter and a representative from Delta Air Lines will present this year's grantees with their checks prior to the start of the Nationals game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. 

For more information on Delta Dream Grants, please visit nationals.com/DeltaDreamGrants. 
In addition to the Delta Dream Grants, the Nationals Dream Foundation has contributed to several other projects this year, including 2018 MLB All-Star Game Legacy Projects, the Bryce Harper Legacy Field at Takoma Community Center, and the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In total, the Dream Foundation has given nearly $1 million in 2018. 

For more information on the Nationals Dream Foundation, please visit nationals.com/Dream

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Nationals recall Jimmy Cordero and Jefry Rodriguez

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 16) with a right wrist sprain. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Cordero, 26, joins the Nationals for his second Major League stint of the season. He has appeared in two games out of the Nationals bullpen, making his Major League debut on Aug. 2 vs. Cincinnati. He is 4-1 with six saves and a 1.96 ERA (10 ER/46.0 IP) in 41 games for Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. He has struck out 53 batters and has not allowed a home run in 2018.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned Trevor Gott to Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 16) with a right wrist sprain. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Cordero, 26, joins the Nationals for his second Major League stint of the season. He has appeared in two games out of the Nationals bullpen, making his Major League debut on Aug. 2 vs. Cincinnati. He is 4-1 with six saves and a 1.96 ERA (10 ER/46.0 IP) in 41 games for Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. He has struck out 53 batters and has not allowed a home run in 2018.

Rodriguez, 25, returns to the Nationals to make his fifth start of the season. In his last three starts for Triple-A Syracuse, he is 2-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP) with 19 strikeouts and six walks along the way. He has appeared in six games (four starts), pitching to a 5.84 ERA (16 ER/24.2 IP) with 20 strikeouts. The Nationals have won three of his four starts.

Gott, 25, has appeared in 20 games out of Washington's bullpen, securing two holds while going 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA.

Hellickson, 31, is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 starts for the Nationals. This will be his second stint on the disabled list this season.

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Nationals recall Trevor Gott and select Tim Collins

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tim Collins on Tuesday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with lumbar nerve root irritation, optioned left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse and transferred right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Gott, 25, returns to the Nationals for his fifth Major League assignment of the season. In his last eight games with Triple-A Syracuse, Gott has pitched to a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) while striking out 10 batters and issuing just two walks. Opposing batters have hit just .179 (5-for-28) during this stretch.

The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott from Triple-A Syracuse and selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tim Collins on Tuesday. Additionally, they placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on the 10-day disabled list with lumbar nerve root irritation, optioned left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis to Triple-A Syracuse and transferred right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde to the 60-day disabled list. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Gott, 25, returns to the Nationals for his fifth Major League assignment of the season. In his last eight games with Triple-A Syracuse, Gott has pitched to a 1.08 ERA (1 ER/8.1 IP) while striking out 10 batters and issuing just two walks. Opposing batters have hit just .179 (5-for-28) during this stretch.

Collins, 28, joins the Nationals for the second time this season. Since being outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on July 4, Collins has tossed scoreless relief in 10 of his 13 appearances with the Chiefs. Opposing left-handed batters hit just .167 (8-for-48) against him this season with Syracuse.

Madson, 37, is 2-5 with a 5.19 ERA in 48 games for Washington in 2018. This will be his second stint on the disabled list this season.

Solis, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA in 50 games for the Nationals.

Fedde, 25, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on July 5. He was 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six Major League starts this season.

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Ryan Zimmerman named NL Player of the Week

Following a week in which he hit .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, four walks and four runs scored in seven games, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Zimmerman led the National League in slugging percentage (1.048), OPS (1.586), RBI (12) and tied for the lead with six extra-base hits last week. He hit safely in five of the seven games and reached base safely in six of the seven.

Following a week in which he hit .476 (10-for-21) with three doubles, three homers, 12 RBI, four walks and four runs scored in seven games, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Zimmerman led the National League in slugging percentage (1.048), OPS (1.586), RBI (12) and tied for the lead with six extra-base hits last week. He hit safely in five of the seven games and reached base safely in six of the seven.

The highlight of Zimmerman's week came on Aug. 11 at Chicago when he matched a career-high with six RBI via two home runs and a sacrifice fly in the Nationals 9-4 win over the Cubs. It was his second multi-home run game of the season and 25th of his career.

This award marks the eighth taken home by a Nationals player so far in 2018.

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