CHICAGO -- With the waiver acquisition of outfielder David DeJesus from the Cubs on Monday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signaled that he is still hoping his club can make a late playoff push despite being 9 1/2 games behind the Reds for the second and final Wild Card spot entering the series opener at Wrigley Field.
"I like the fact that we've got 40 games left, and right now my focus is on [Jeff] Samardzija and the Cubs tonight," Rizzo said before the Nationals' series opener against the Cubs.
"We're going to take this thing one game at a time, but I certainly haven't given up on this season, and I think that with the talent level we have on this ballclub that we still have a run left in us."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.