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He’ll have to do it soon, though. Or else his run with the Nationals could stop well short of where it was projected to wind up a few short years ago.

“I’m not going to look at it as he has to prove anything to me, because ‘prove’ means you put pressure on yourself,” Rizzo said. “He needs to let his ability flow. He’s got all the ingredients to be a really good major league player.”