Nats put Anthony Rendon on paternity list

Chris Lingebach
July 26, 2018 - 12:30 pm

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Thursday brought an unfortunate series of events for the Nationals as they fight to stay alive in the National League East.

Reports surfaced around 8:30 a.m. that Stephen Strasburg's name had surfaced on the transaction wire. Without announcing the move, the Nats had placed Strasburg on the 10-day disabled list – retroactive to July 22 – with a "cervical nerve impingement" at some point on Wednesday. 

This comes just one shaky start – a losing effort against Atlanta last Friday, in which Strasburg allowed six runs over 4.2 innings – after the Nationals starter had returned from more than a month-long DL stint recovering from right shoulder inflammation.

Two hours later, the Nats announced the move and a corresponding one, that they'd selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone. Milone, 31, is 7-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 20 starts at Syracuse. Additionally, Triple-A Syracuse first baseman Jose Marmolejos was designated for assignment. But there was still another shoe to drop.

At 10:29, the Nats made another announcement, that third baseman Anthony Rendon was placed on the paternity list, and that they'll announce another move to fill his roster spot later on Thursday.

So, heading into a critical four-game series against the Marlins, which will culminate two days before the July 31 trade deadline, Washington is now down a starting pitcher (Strasburg, who was on schedule to pitch Game 1) and its starting third baseman (Rendon, one of the few bedrocks of a turbulent Nats offense). The Nats have 61 games to close a seven-game gap between themselves and the first-place Phillies.

Major League Baseball's paternity list permits a player to miss up to three consecutive days.

Today was just one of those days.

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