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Ex-Nats reliever pitched with bad elbow

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Ex-Nats reliever pitched with bad elbow

Remember Joe Beimel? Number 97 on his jersey, the long hair, and perhaps the first great beard in Nationals history?

The 35-year-old relief pitcher spent half of a season with the Nats, back in 2009, before being traded for Ryan Mattheus. The lefty had a so-so stint in Washington and now, according to Yahoo! Sports, there may be a reason for it.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! has reported Beimel underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month to repair a torn ligament in his elbow. Apparently Beimel had been pitching with the tear for 3-4 years. That means Beimels elbow was hurting when he made 45 appearances for Washington.

The reliever has yet to pitch this season after being cut by the Rangers a week before Opening Day. He struggled with a 5.33 ERA last season in 35 games with Pittsburgh.

The Nats got Mattheus in return which in hindsight was a pretty good move. Mattheus has posted a 2.60 ERA in 54 total games with the Nats since being called up in June of 2011. This is all after, however, Mattheus needed Tommy John surgery himself. Mattheus actually had the surgery the same month he was traded to Washington, in July of 2009.

Beimel says he will try and continue his career next season, but with his age and a recovery time of 12-18 months it wont be easy. He is left-handed though and has an overall good resume. Hopefully next time he can try out with a healthy arm.

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Nationals trade Danny Espinosa to Angels for two minor league pitchers

Nationals trade Danny Espinosa to Angels for two minor league pitchers

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Angels have acquired shortstop Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals for two minor league pitchers.

The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals on Saturday night for Espinosa, who presumably lost his starting job when Washington obtained outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Washington traded three top pitching prospects to Chicago for Eaton, with the intention of shifting NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Trea Turner from center field back to his natural shortstop position.

The 29-year-old Espinosa hit .209 with a career-high 24 home runs and 72 RBIs as Washington's starting shortstop last season. In seven major league seasons he has batted .226 with 92 home runs and 285 RBIs.

McGowin was ranked as the Angels' 20th-best prospect.

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Bryce Harper sends 'Wow' tweet after Nationals trade for Adam Eaton

Bryce Harper sends 'Wow' tweet after Nationals trade for Adam Eaton

Nationals star Bryce Harper has had an eventful week, which included finding out that he might not be the Nationals star much longer. 

An anonymous club executive said that the Nationals won't meet Harper's demands for a 10-year, $400 million contract, and are prepared to let him walk when he becomes a free agent after the 2018 season. 

That happened on Monday, then on Tuesday Washington missed out on trading from White Sox ace Chris Sale, who ended up going to Boston. 

And then on Wednesday, the Nats ended up trading their pile of top pitching prospects to the White Sox anyway, but instead of getting Sale, they got centerfielder Adam Eaton

Eaton, 28, has never been an All-Star. But he finished last season with a .284 batting average, .362 slugging percentage, 59 RBIs and 14 home runs. He's also an asset defensively in the outfield. 

But the pitching prospects Washington gave up – Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning – amounted to a steep price for Eaton. So steep that the Nats reportedly offered almost the same package of prospects for Sale. 

Within minutes of the Eaton trade news breaking, Harper tweeted this. 

He followed it up with a message of welcome a few minutes later.

Obviously, the initial tweet is what grabbed peoples' attention. But who can really say if Harper meant it as a positive or negative reaction to the Eaton trade? Frankly, it might not have anything to do with the trade at all. 

Plenty of other "wow" things happened this week. 

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