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Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams picked up his first stolen base of the spring in Monday's 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Mets. The 23-year-old is 2-for-5 with two singles in his first games of spring action. The former first-round pick delivered a power-speed combination in 2023, slashing .245/.300/.412 with 18 home runs, 83 runs scored, 64 RBI, and 47 stolen bases in 614 plate appearances. The Nationals aren't the best lineup to hit in for counting stats, but the allure of Abrams' HR and SB totals with the hope for some batting average regression have him as a higher-end fantasy pick heading into 2024.
Washington Nationals right-hander Mason Thompson (elbow) is set to be re-examined by team doctors this week after being shut down the last two weeks of camp with a sore elbow. Thompson had Tommy John surgery nine years ago as a junior in high school. He's avoided major injuries since then, but he did miss three months due to a right-biceps strain in 2022. Manager Dave Martinez admitted he's "a little concerned." Thompson was dominant at times out of Washington's bullpen, but he wasn't guaranteed a spot on this year's Opening Day roster, so his elbow injury is going to make it even tougher for him to earn a spot. He struggled through most of the second half in 2023 and finished with a 5.50 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 51 games.
Washington Nationals third baseman/outfielder Nick Senzel (illness) was not in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Monday against the New York Mets because he was feeling under the weather. With Senzel sitting out, prospect Brady House got the start at third base for the Nats. The 28-year-old Senzel is expected to see regular playing time at the hot corner in D.C. for the rebuilding Nationals in 2024. Perhaps the former first-round pick can pick things up with a change of scenery, but fantasy managers in most leagues should be content to wait and see what happens. Injuries have been the story of his career to this point. Senzel missed time in 2023 with the Reds due to toe and knee injuries and finished with a .236 average, a career-high 13 home runs, 42 RBI and six steals in 104 games.
Washington Nationals outfielder James Wood got off to a hot start this spring. The 21-year-old blasted the first pitch he saw on Saturday over the wall. He carried that power into Sunday's contest. Wood smashed a two-run home run during Sunday's win over the Miami Marlins. Despite the early success, it's doubtful that Wood will crack the Opening Day roster. He slashed .248/.334/.492 with a ton of strikeouts during his time in Double-A last season. Wood has the potential to be a star but still needs time to develop all his skills.
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Dylan Floro is experiencing shoulder tightness and will be sidelined for a little while, manager Dave Martinez told Andrew Golden of the Washington Post. Martinez noted that Floro typically deals with some soreness in Spring Training, so he's not too concerned. The 33-year-old inked a major league deal with Washington this offseason, just one season removed from a solid 2023 campaign in which he amassed a 2.96 FIP, 9.21 K/9, 2.70 BB/9, and 54.4 GB%. He figures to be ready ahead of Opening Day next month.