UPDATES & NEWS
Jordan Zimmermann says he's on track to start Tuesday.
Zimmermann was dealing with a biceps strain prior to the break, but an MRI showed no structural damage. He threw a pair of side sessions over the break and reported no issues, so the Nationals will continue to move forward with him and start him next week. Be cautious as a fantasy owner though. While he's a fantastic starter to own, should injuries wear him down here, he might not be as reliable down the stretch as you'd like. With a strong showing next week, you may want to think about trading him for something more secure.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Yunel Escobar said his groin is improving and will work out prior to Sunday's game.
The MRI on Escobar came back clean, so that's great news. He's still not 100-percent though and will continue to be held out. Escobar believes that he can avoid the DL and will work out prior to the game to prove it. Obviously though, if he doesn't show the improvement in the workout, the team could hold him out a little while longer. The club can go with Danny Espinosa at third and Dan Uggla at second. They also called up Emanuel Burris who can play all over the infield. Analysis: Howard Bender