It’s raining right now, so we will see if he can go out there and throw again today. Sean Doolittle #63. He heads to Harrisburg with a 5.52 ERA after showing strong stuff with 9.8 K/9 and a fastball that routinely hit 95mph, but five walks tanked his final two outings and the Nats ultimately went on to lose all three games that he started.The Nationals will not need a fifth starter until July 17th, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman Still, neither outright staked their claim to the job, and with the Nationals back in the heat of a playoff race, they could look elsewhere to find a more established fifth option for their already-stacked rotation.They actually don’t need a 5th starter until July 20th, with the off day the Monday after the beak.It seems like every year or two that one team loses in the game of minor league affiliate “musical chairs” and ends up with a AAA team 3000 miles or so away from them. Assist no. Nationals activate Max Scherzer from paternity list, send Austin Voth to minors The Nationals activated Max Scherzer from the paternity list after his wife gave birth to their second child on Friday. Trea and Kristen are expecting the baby in … Two of those hits were doubles off the bat of Brandon Nimmo, who’s gotten off to a hot start to the spring with a .435 average.If you're wondering why Austin Voth keeps popping up at the backend of top 100 SP lists... Erick Fedde, who's scheduled to face the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, is also considered to be among the candidates for the job.

9 for Carter Kieboom, a new Nationals single-game record for a third baseman. He doesn’t feel it all the time. It’s a weird thing. Shortstop Trea Turner posted an Instagram on Saturday morning, sharing with the world that he and his wife are expecting their first child. I know he’s in the training room working with the staff and trying to get it to go away.”Strasburg faced only three batters Friday before getting the hook. Erick Fedde #23. He still felt it, so we will see where he is at. “We will see how he feels. Excited for the future! " Current fifth starter Austin Voth, meanwhile, has been sent to Double-A Harrisburg. Austin Lee Voth...Pronounced like "both"...Graduated from Kentwood (WA) High School and attended the University of Washington...Was the No. Both got the start with the team playing split-squad games; Ross faced the Miami Marlins in West Palm Beach, Voth played the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie.With small-sample caveats applied, Ross led the way statistically with no runs and just one walk allowed across five innings of work prior to Saturday—although he had just two strikeouts. James Bourque #64. Ross wouldn’t be so fortunate in the third, putting runners on first and third before Jesús Aguilar brought them both home with a double to right. In one of the few spring training battles at Nationals camp, the competition for the fifth-starter spot has been tightly contested between Joe Ross and Austin Voth thus far.Each entered play Saturday with two appearances under their belt before taking the mound for the Nationals. But Fedde's rare fourth-year option makes him a likely candidate to be sent to the minors before Opening Day.The fact that Ross was on the mound at home—where manager Davey Martinez and the rest of the Nationals’ coaching staff can see him pitch in person—while Voth traveled to Port St. Lucie speaks to where the two of them stand in the competition for the fifth spot.With just two weeks remaining before the team breaks camp for D.C., both Ross and Voth have just a few chances left to make their cases for the job before Martinez and Co. are forced to choose.Nationals rookie infielder Carter Kieboom set a new team record for the most infield assists by a third baseman in a game when he recorded 10 over the first eight innings against the Orioles on Friday night.Kieboom passed Ryan Zimmerman’s record of eight assists, set “many times” according to Nationals Director of Communications Kyle Brostowitz.And there it is! Though Kieboom was shifted around the infield for most of the night, his new record comes after an offseason full of questions about his defense.The natural shortstop is Washington’s heir apparent to Anthony Rendon, who departed for the Los Angeles Angels in free agency last offseason after seven seasons with the Nationals. The Nationals activated Max Scherzer today from the paternity list after his wife gave birth to … He was then lifted for Wander Suero, who got two outs to end the frame.Voth, on the other hand, cruised through his three innings of work against New York. Kyle Finnegan #67. Austin Voth #50. Kieboom had started just nine games at third in the minor leagues before the start of this season.He still has plenty left to prove as a major-league third baseman, but Kieboom's record did come on an eventful night for the rookie.