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Report: Seth Romero violated Nationals team policy, sent home from spring training


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Nationals pitching prospect Seth Romero was sent home from spring training on Monday morning. A spokesman for the Nationals said Romero violated a club policy. Passan adds that it’s not known how long Romero will be gone or which policy he violated.

The Nationals selected Romero in the first round — 25th overall — in last year’s draft. He fell in the first round due to character issues he had while playing for the University of Houston. In 2015, he was suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team” which was believed to be poor physical conditioning. He was suspended again in April 2017 for failing a drug test, missing curfew, and being photographed in a team uniform while holding a bong. Romero was reinstated and then dismissed due to getting into a fight with a teammate.

Last season, pitching mostly for low-A Auburn, Romero yielded 12 runs on 19 hits and six walks with 32 strikeouts in 22 innings. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the fifth-best prospect in the Nationals’ system.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.