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  • Nationals' James Wood: Lands on Triple-A IL

    Wood was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday with right hamstring tightness, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports.

    Wood tweaked the hamstring during a game last Thursday and has been sidelined ever since. It's not clear how much more time the top prospect might miss, but his move to the IL means that he won't be a candidate for a major-league promotion in the short term. Wood, 21, is slashing a robust .355/.465/.596 with nine home runs, 10 stolen bases and a 37:35 K:BB over 45 games with Rochester this season.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Managing tight hamstring

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that Wood is dealing with right hamstring tightness, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports.

    The 21-year-old was removed from Triple-A Rochester's game Thursday due to the injury, though his exit was apparently precautionary. It appears Wood has avoided a serious injury, and he should be considered day-to-day.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Exits early with soreness

    Wood was removed from Thursday's game with Triple-A Rochester due to lower body soreness, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.

    Wood didn't seem to have any obvious injury when he was pulled, but the severity of the issue is still unknown. One of the top prospects in the game, Wood is knocking down the door to the big leagues having maintained a .358/.465/.600 line across 200 plate appearances with Rochester.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: On-base machine at Triple-A

    Wood has reached base safely in 28 straight games for Triple-A Rochester, slashing .379/.480/.650 over that stretch with seven homers, five steals and more walks (21) than strikeouts (20).

    The 21-year-old would seem to have nothing left to learn in the minors, but the Nationals have still been reticent to promote Wood to the majors despite the lackluster production they've been getting from the likes of Jesse Winker (.158/.284/.368 in May). Lane Thomas (knee) could also come off the IL this weekend, but Wood should still force his way into the starting nine for Washington by June unless the club is prioritizing his future contract years over improving an offense that sits 26th in runs scored, 26th in OPS and 25th in wRC+ on the season.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Organization preaching patience

    Wood won't be rushed to the majors ahead of the Nationals' schedule for him, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports.

    After slugging two more homers Wednesday, the 21-year-old outfielder has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games for Triple-A Rochester, slashing .356/.449/.542 over that stretch with a 10:13 BB:K. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday the organization is sticking to its plan for Wood, however, and that he still has some things to learn in the minors. "He needs to get a bunch of at-bats," Martinez said. "He needs to learn some different things. We want him to get better against left-handed pitching. Want him to understand the baserunning stuff. All that stuff. He's striking out 33 percent of the time against lefties, so I really want him to work on that." While the Nats are trying to temper expectations for Wood, it's hard to imagine a veteran player like Eddie Rosario or Jesse Winker would represent a true obstacle for the top prospect once he's deemed ready.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Not slowing down at Triple-A

    Wood has hit safely in eight straight games for Triple-A Rochester, batting .324 (12-for-37) over that stretch with three doubles, three steals and a 5:8 BB:K.

    The 21-year-old hasn't homered in 16 straight games, but he's hardly been quiet during that time. Wood's strikeouts have crept up since his blistering start to the season, which could give the Nationals cover to keep him in the minors a while longer, but his 93.9 mph average exit velocity is second in all of Triple-A, per MLB.com. It seems only a matter of time before he makes his big-league debut.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Goes yard twice at Triple-A

    Wood went 4-for-5 with a double, two solo home runs, two additional runs scored and a stolen base for Triple-A Rochester in Thursday's win over Buffalo.

    The 21-year-old took Ricky Tiedemann deep in the third inning and then missed his chance to hit for the cycle by crushing a Hagen Danner offering 420 feet to center field in the eighth. Wood has had a blistering start to the season, batting .441 (15-for-34) with six doubles in addition to Thursday's long balls, and his 9:7 BB:K is an outstanding sign that the improved plate discipline he showed in spring training wasn't a mirage. Whether the Nationals want to promote Wood so soon is another question, but he may not be giving the organization much choice in the matter.

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  • Nationals' James Wood: Starting season at Triple-A

    Wood will begin the season with Triple-A Rochester, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports.

    The 21-year-old opened eyes this spring by batting .364 (16-for-44) with four homers, three steals and an 11:13 BB:K, and rather than return him to Double-A Harrisburg where he ended the 2023 campaign, the Nats will keep him one step away from the majors. If the improved approach at the plate Wood displayed this spring holds up in the regular season, it may not be long before he makes his big-league debut.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 240 lbs
Age: 21
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, R