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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Stephen Strasburg's start abbreviated by minor cut

Stephen Strasburg was trimming his nail before the sixth inning when, as manager Davey Johnson put it, "he cut his finger right in the middle of where the nail is." The cut was affecting one particular pitch, Johnson said, so Strasburg offered not to throw that pitch any longer. "No," Johnson told him. "You won't throw any more pitches. We've got a long way to go. You pitched a heck of a ballgame. We'll save it for you."

Davey Johnson discusses Ryan Zimmerman's struggles at the plate

The Washington Nationals have plenty good going on right now. They're 14 games over .500 heading into this afternoon's series and road trip finale with the Blue Jays and have a chance to get on a plane 15 games over after a 6-0 trip. But with each win comes statements like this one from Davey Johnson: "The whole lineup is not where it needs to be this time of year. We've still got some guys struggling." Top on the list, and most concerning for the Nationals right now, is Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse.

Jhonatan Solano hits first MLB home run

Donovan Solano got called up the major leagues about a week before his brother, Nationals catcher Jhonatan. But when Jhonatan connected with Henderson Alavarez's 0-2 slider in the seventh inning Tuesday, Jhonatan had something his brother does not: his first major league home run.

Nationals announce 23 draft signings (UPDATED)

The Nationals announced the signings of 23 of their 40 selections from the 2012 MLB Draft. The announcement, which included the previously reported agreements with second-round pick Tony Renda, as well as fourth-round pick Brandon Miller, left just four of the Nationals' top-10 selections unsigned with one month to go before the July 13 deadline.

Roger Bernadina leaves game with right hamstring strain

Roger Bernadina slid into third base Monday night, taking two free bases on a wild pitch, and grimaced as soon as his body stopped moving. He walked gingerly into foul territory and leaned over in pain. The pain, coming from a strained right hamstring, was so great Bernadina felt he couldn't even bend his knee as the Nationals' trainers attempted to help him off the field. But manager Davey Johnson said the strain is not believed to be a "severe pull." The Nationals will wait and see how the outfielder is doing on Tuesday before deciding on any sort of roster move.

Drew Storen progressing, throws off a mound for second time since surgery

When closer Drew Storen underwent surgery to remove a bone chip in his right elbow on April 11, he knew it would be a long, tedious road back to standing on the mound in the ninth inning for the Nationals. Two months to the day since his surgery, though, Storen's progress is getting more impactful and his return is getting closer. Storen threw off a mound for the second time on Monday, the first session coming Friday, and he remains on track to returning to the major leagues around the All-Star break, if not before.

Today's lineups: Harper returns to starting lineup

After a one day absence, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to the starting lineup Monday afternoon in Toronto. Harper, who pinch hit, walked and scored from first on a double to bring home the winning run in the Nationals' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, has been nursing a sore back.