This season has brought about many new ideas and emotions for the Nationals, who for the first time since they arrived in Washington are legitimately in a pennant race.
There are still about two weeks until MLB rosters expand from 25 to 40 players, but during that time Nationals brass will be looking at their minor league teams to see who they want for a September
Their closer has blown three saves and put at least two men on base in eight of his last 13 appearances.
With less than one hour remaining until MLB's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Nationals have added a key, veteran bat to their bench ... just not via a trade.
After spending much of the season trying to fill vacancies created by injuries, the Nationals are about to get a couple of key veterans back from the disabled list.