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Feb 22, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT


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VIERA, Fla. — Day two of pitchers and catchers workouts are now in the books, so every pitcher in camp (aside from Jordan Zimmermann) has thrown a bullpen session. Another 16 guys threw today, and the one I was most interested in watching from that group was Scott Olsen.

Olsen, you'll remember, had labrum surgery in August following some unsightly performances earlier in the season. He's back pitching and is deemed 100 percent healthy, but you can tell he still isn't quite back to where he wants to be. After several pitches today, he'd mutter to himself or make some kind of facial expression that indicated he wasn't totally pleased with whatever he just offered up.

The left-hander, though, isn't down on himself. He's not in any pain when he throws. He knows part of the final stages of recovery is rediscovering his "feel" for pitching, and at this stage it's not always going to be there every time he toes the rubber.

"Some days — I guess because your strength isn't all the way built up and you're still pushing through it a little bit — some days will be better than others," he said. "But I felt good. Just not as live, I guessRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Mark,This has nothing to do with the post on Scott Olsen, but Ladsen put up a story yesterday saying that Flores is the "Catcher of the Future" for the Nats. If this is true, what do they plan on doing with Derrick Norris and Bryce Harper (assuming he is drafted, which is a pretty good assumption)?Keep up the good stuff.

  2. Johnny Baconbitz - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Following up on that, how soon is Norris expected?I almost don't want to go the Harper route, more pitching :-)

  3. cadeck13 - Feb 22, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Mark,Thanks for the update on Scott Olsen, I've been waiting for some info on him too. I really hope the kid comes back 110% – he has moxie and I'd really enjoy seeing him back in the rotation. Keep us informed on his progression.

  4. JayB - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:32 PM

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  5. Whokebe - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Is Detwiler the guy in the picture on crutches? Thanks in advance.

  6. JayB - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    hanks for the Audio of the interview….love this stuff….Did not sound good to me….he sounded frustrated and hurting…Keep an eye on him for us….You know Rizzo will cut him to save paying him if he is not effective soon.

  7. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Whokebe: Yes, that's Ross Detwiler on the crutches.

  8. Anonymous - Feb 22, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    We cannot wait for baseball to begin! We are enjoying your detailed observations, Mark. Do you also plan to follow the minor league teams (AA, A) after they arrive and begin playing?

  9. Randy - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Good question about Flores/Norris/Harper. I've been wondering about that myself. Maybe they try to move Harper to the outfield if he's drafted? Seems like too good of a prospect to pass on. Some more pitching would be nice though. Maybe draft Harper and trade Norris?

  10. Positively Half St. - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    It seems that the Nats made offers to both Chan Ho Park and Braden Looper. Before getting on Rizzo's case for failing to get them, though, please consider that Park wanted to play on a contending team, and that the Yankees got him for a lower price. The Cubs and Nats had offers, but he could sign with the Yankees when he would accept something lower.Looper has told the Nats he is going in a different direction. That doesn't mean he has offers necessarily, but just that he doesn't want to play for the Nats.My conclusion is just that trying to sign players and offering them more money may not be enough, and it isn't fair to get on the FO for this. I have been guilty of it at times, but until the team has a more successful year, some players won't even entertain the option of coming here. It's a tough spot to be in.

  11. JayB - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Before you give the FO a pass remember that the FO caused the 100 loss seasons by making really bad decisions in 2007 and 2008. Yes Jimbo is gone but Rizzo was there and Stan was in charge and Lerner signed (or did not) the checks. Lopez, Kearns, Le Duca, Estrada, going cheap on Manager/Coaching Staffs and putting trust in a fool of a GM is still on Lerner and Stan…..Stan does not get a pass and neither does Learner…they caused the situation where good players do not want to be associated with the Nats.

  12. greg - Feb 22, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    I have no problem with having Flores, Norris, and Harper in the system. Catching is kinda like pitching, when it comes to tradeable commodities. You can't have too much. Most catchers have a very short life-span, and an even shorter peak window. If the Nats end up with all three being ready for the majors, then there's trade bait to fill a different hole. Let's not get into the "don't draft that guy in the first round, we already have too many in the system" mentality. This might be ok in later rounds, but in the first round, and especially when you're drafting at the top of the round, you draft the best guy. Period.

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