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Live BP drama

Feb 23, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Chien-Ming Wang's velocity was better today, but his command was off.

VIERA, Fla. — Plenty of interesting nuggets out of today's workout, most of it from the several rounds of live batting practice that were taking place on side-by-side fields…

Chien-Ming Wang faced live hitters for the first time this spring, and the results were mixed. Wang's velocity appeared to be better than it had been in recent bullpen sessions, but his command was all over the place.

That's probably not all that surprising when you consider that Wang hadn't faced live batters since the instructional league in October, but it's further evidence the right-hander still has a ways to go before he's ready to pitch in actual game competition.

When Wang did find the strike zone, he was hit a few times. Ian Desmond tagged a one-hopper to the left-field fence on his first swing. …

Power met power when Bryce Harper faced Cole Kimball in one of the live BP sessions that drew plenty of interest from team officials andRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Good Stuff! Thanks Mark.

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Mark… I don't usually ask you chase down anything, but I'm sure alot of us would like to hear what Adam LaRoche's first impressions of his new club are. Haven't seen anything concerning his take on things yet.

  3. citizen16 - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    This is great Mark! Love the details and extra information here.

  4. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Great report – thanks Mark! Love hearing the Storen/Werth story.

  5. N. Cognito - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    I'm still wondering where Bryce Harper's locker is.Come on Mark. Do your job!!

  6. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    N. Cognito: Bryce's locker is between Espinosa and Nix. Thought I wrote that on the first day of camp. Sorry.

  7. raymitten - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Great stuff Mark. This is the kind of story one can only find on your blog. See if CSN will let you stay there the entire time!

  8. Doc - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Thanks MarkMeister! Some real inside s**t. Fun reading! By the way, did Werth get any palable smacks off of Storen in BP?

  9. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Thanks so much Mark, this is the kind of info that make Spring Training Real!!! Can't wait to get down there.

  10. Gnashnail - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Mark–Super stuff! You are single-handedly changing journalism! The reporters in Cairo and Madison don't ask questions – of the principals – from the viewers – but you do! And what great human components, like the Werth/Storen episode. Stay there through March! CSN: Personnel salary action now.

  11. N. Cognito - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Mark – Thanks. I must have missed that. I really don't care. I know someone asked (can't fathom why!) and so I was playing off of that and doing my JayB impersonation.;^)

  12. N. Cognito - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Gnashnail said… "Mark–Super stuff! You are single-handedly changing journalism!"Now we know why it takes Mark so long to type.

  13. Tcostant - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Baseball America's Top 100 prospects are out, guess who is #1, our own Bryce Harper…http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/top-100-prospects/2011/2611328.html

  14. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Harper was carted off again today wasn't he Mark?

  15. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Yes, Harper left the practice fields on a golf cart for the second straight day. Not his decision; the Nats are making him do it to avoid the autograph mob we saw the other day.

  16. dammitcoyne - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Love the back-and-forth between Werth and Storen. Real glad that brushback didn't get away from him.I say we start collecting camping supplies and ramen noodles to help Mark extend his stay if CSN won't extend his stay!

  17. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    "Great stuff Mark. This is the kind of story one can only find on your blog."Not true. I just read the same thing on Kilgore's blog. Probably on Goessling's blog too, although I haven't looked there yet.

  18. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Ramirez and Rodriguez have cleared their visas and will be in camp tomorrow.

  19. Anonymous - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Or you can look at it as consistent observations from multiplesets of eyes. The only difference is better connected Boz whogets input from the graybeards.However, it might be nice to get more input from anonymousscouts, especially those from other teams.

  20. upperdeck4 - Feb 23, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Thanks Mark. The detail is what makes your columns exceptional. I also don't look at this as a competition between you, Kilgore, Goessling, and Ladson. The more the better.

  21. Wally - Feb 23, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Cool. Looking forward to getting them in camp.NatsJack in Florida said… Ramirez and Rodriguez have cleared their visas and will be in camp tomorrow.

  22. N. Cognito - Feb 23, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    "Ramirez and Rodriguez have cleared their visas and will be in camp tomorrow."Big deal. Mark has maxed out his Visa.

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