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At this point, the Nationals feel no pressure to move him and are looking for at least a comparable major league return or an above-average prospect.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of interest,” Rizzo said. “In the baseball annals, the word gets out and people do the math and they see we have too many starters for too many spots. But again, this is way too early to say that we have too much starting pitching.”

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• Outfielder Roger Bernadina was scratched from Wednesday night’s lineup, still dealing with the effects of having a tooth extracted Tuesday.

The Nationals are hoping Ankiel will be able to return to the lineup Friday.