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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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A look toward the future with Mattheus and Marrero

The future, as they say, is coming and the Nationals will begin the official transition to getting a glimpse at the next wave of that future when they welcome Chris Marrero into the visitors clubhouse at Great American Ball Park this afternoon. More will come next week and in the days of September that follow, but Marrero is the first.

Ryan Mattheus heads to DL with shoulder strain, could be done for season

Ryan Mattheus was pulled from Thursday night's game when Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty and manager Davey Johnson noticed a drop in the right-handed relievers' velocity from his usual mid-90s down to 90 mph. After the game, and in spite of being pulled a week before with some shoulder tightness, Mattheus insisted he felt fine but did notice the velocity drop himself. He maintained that stance Friday afternoon in Cincinnati, admitting only that he was a little tired and had experienced this dead arm type of feeling during spring training occasionally. A few days off from game action was what he expected. But around 4 p.m. Mattheus was summoned to the manager's office and Johnson informed him that he'd be getting more than a few days, he'd be getting at least 15. Mattheus was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a right shoulder strain.

Laynce Nix and Jonny Gomes make their return to the Queen city (plus lineups)

While the east coast braces for Hurricane Irene (the Mets and Braves have already shortened their weekend series in New York to tonight's game only) the Nationals are getting out of town at just the right time. Instead of battling rain, wind and (likely) cancellations, they'll be in the Queen City reuniting their left fielders with their previous home and hoping to recreate some of the good fortune they had against the Reds 10 days ago when they took two of three at Nationals Park.

Peacock, Moore named season-ending Double-A All-Stars

Two Nationals prospects were honored Thursday afternoon, with first baseman Tyler Moore and right-hander Brad Peacock both being named to the Double-A Eastern League's season-ending All-Star team. Moore, the Nationals minor league Player of the Year in 2010, is hitting .267 with 61 extra-base hits (29 doubles, four triples and 28 home runs). Peacock, now a member of the Triple-A Syracuse starting rotation and primed for a September call-up to the major leagues, was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA and a Futures Game selection before his promotion to Triple-A.

Werth returns as Nationals look to seal winning homestand

After a one-day absence due to a slight groin strain, Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals lineup for the homestand finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night. Werth insisted from the start that the issue with his groin wasn't serious and him being back in the lineup after just one day most likely solidifies that feeling.

Boras talks Bryce Harper, Pudge and draft

The Nationals introduced their top three draft picks to the Washington media Tuesday afternoon, giving Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer and Brian Goodwin a chance to see a glimpse of what awaits them if they can make it to the big leagues. They also brought with them a man who needs no introduction in these parts: Scott Boras.