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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 2017 promotional giveaways include snow globes and fedoras

Nationals 2017 promotional giveaways include snow globes and fedoras

The Washington Nationals recently released the dates of their promotional days and giveaways this season, and there are some real gems in this schedule.

Among the standard bobblehead giveaways — Daniel Murphy on April 14, Trea Turner on May 12 and Tanner Roark on June 9 — and the highly recommended Pups in the Park days — April 29, May 13, June 10, June 25, September 7 and September 30 — pick the right game and you could get a snow globe, an American flag shirt or even a fedora. Seriously.

On May 24’s game against the Mariners, the first 25,000 fans will get a Max Scherzer snow globe, which has the potential to be the coolest knickknack in your house. Or on June 14 against the Braves — oddly not closer to the Fourth of July — Budweiser is behind the first 15,000 21-and-up fans getting an American flag tank top.

But truly the most unique item on this list is the Nationals-themed fedora, which will go to the first 25,000 fans at the Brewers’ July 26 matchup. How the Nats landed on this promotional item remains a mystery, but if you like hats beyond a traditional baseball cap, this is the game to attend.

Other cool or oddball promotions include the Nats Magic 8-Ball game April 3, the Chewbacca Koozie day May 27, Bryce Harper action figure day August 29 and Oktoberfest beer stein day Sept. 29.

Here's the complete list of the team's promotional days and giveaways

MORE NATS: Bryce Harper knows why he didn't play well in 2016

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Bryce Harper knows why he didn't play well, but he won't specify why

Bryce Harper knows why he didn't play well, but he won't specify why

Bryce Harper struggled by his standards in 2016 and he says he know why it happened last year. While it was rumored last season that he was playing through injuries, Harper never really missed significant time, nor did he really say that his injuries were the reason for his disappointing numbers. 

Speaking with the media today at spring training, Harper hinted at his injuries from last season as he said he was just trying to stay in the lineup every day.  

Although Harper's statistics dropped off dramatically from his MVP season in 2015, his numbers weren't entirely awful last year. He still hit 24 homers, drove in 86 runs and he had an .814 OPS. 

With a full offseason to heal up, Harper will be a prime bounce-back candidate as he looks to help the Nationals win their third NL East title in the last four years. 

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