Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique.
The Nationals have become the subject of many trade rumors in recent days, most involving their apparent interest in adding a big piece to their struggling bullpen.
There was a lot to talk about this week, as the Nationals just lost a four-game series at Pittsburgh and with the trade deadline approaching.
With their 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon, the Nationals have now lost six of their 10 games since the All-Star break ended.
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to split their four-game series against the Pirates with Joe Ross on the mound.