UPDATES & NEWS
Ian Desmond will return to the lineup tomorrow after resting with the flu and split finger, per Matt Williams.
Although both injuries appear to be of the minor variety, the Nationals do not want to rush him back to the lineup until he is at 100 percent health. Desmond is currently being drafted in the top five among fantasy shortstops according to NFBC data, holding down an ADP of 35.48. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond