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Mattheus to have left foot evaluated

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Mattheus to have left foot evaluated

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus aggravated an already-ailing left foot running in pregame warmups today, manager Davey Johnson revealed at Citizens Bank Park. Mattheus will leave the team and head to Baltimore to be evaluated by a foot specialist.

Mattheus sustained a little injury to his left foot, hes being examined by the doctors here, Johnson said. I dont know if its a sprain, but hes had something bothering him in his plantar fascia.

Johnson said Mattheus believes the injury is not serious. The foot has been bothering him for about two weeks according to the Nats manager and may have been further aggravated on Monday.

Mattheus received an X-ray in Philadelphia but Johnson had yet to hear the results. Johnson is still hoping to have Mattheus available on Tuesday.

Mattheus was running with the pitchers in the outfield when he noticed something was wrong. He immediately came in to ice his foot and alert the training staff.

If it is determined Mattheus needs to go on the disabled list, Johnson said Chien-Ming Wang could take his roster spot. Wang is scheduled to throw a side session with the team on Tuesday. He is scheduled to throw another game for the Syracuse Chiefs, but could advance his schedule to join the big league club.

Johnson believes the foot hasnt affected Mattheus on the mound and reiterated they want to run tests before making any further judgments.

From the way he was talking, hell be fine tomorrow, Johnson said. It is his landing foot, but actually hes been throwing good. Yesterday was kind of an aberration.

Mattheus allowed two hits and walked a batter in one inning of work in Sundays game against the Orioles. He holds a 2.25 ERA in 19 appearances this season.

Meanwhile, Brad Lidge accompanied the Nationals to Philadelphia and threw long-toss from 180 feet Monday afternoon as the veteran right-hander moves closer to a return from hernia surgery.

Lidge is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time and then will head to the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla., to resume his rehab. He's targeting June 15 for a possible return from the DL.

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Nationals avoid arbitration, reach deal with Bryce Harper and three others

Nationals avoid arbitration, reach deal with Bryce Harper and three others

The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals today with Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and newly acquired catcher Derek Norris.

If team's and players didn't agree to contracts by today's 1 p.m. ET deadline, an independent arbitrator will rule on the contract at a later date and decide how much the player will play for in 2017. 

Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $13.625 million deal, which was significantly more than the $9.3 million contract that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Last season, coming off his 2015 MVP campaign, Harper made $5 million. The 24-year-old will be a free agent after the 2018 season. 

Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, in which he hit just .243 with 24 homers, which was way down from his total of 42 dingers in 2015. 

According to multiple reports, Rendon signed for $5.8 million, Roark signed for $4.315 million and Norris' deal was for $4.2 million.

Roark made just $543,400 last season, which he vastly out-performed. Roark was one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League last year as he won 16 games and posted a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings of work. 

With today's signings, all of the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017. 

Related: Tanner Roark to replace Max Scherzer on World Baseball Classic roster

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LOOK: Bryce Harper got married in suit jacket lined with pictures of wife

LOOK: Bryce Harper got married in suit jacket lined with pictures of wife

Nationals star Bryce Harper has a bold fashion sense, that's for sure. Just take a look at that hair. But he a more romantic fashion risk for his own wedding with a custom suit jacket. 

He opted for a navy blue tuxedo with black piping. It was the lining that really stood out as special. 

If you look closely, you'll see photos of Harper and his wife, Kayla, decorating the lining of the jacket. 

There's also the date of wedding and script reading "Mr. and Mrs. Harper." 

He credited the makers of his tuxedo, Stitched, in the tweet. 

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