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Saturday workout wrap-up

Feb 25, 2012, 9:49 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Danny Espinosa turns a double play during today's first full-squad workout.

VIERA, Fla. — Fifty-two healthy players took the fields today outside Space Coast Stadium for the Nationals' first full-squad workout of the spring. They very quickly realized a Davey Johnson-run camp will boast some significant differences from ones run by other managers.

Johnson prefers to keep things moving quickly, and he prefers to keep players together in large groups instead of breaking down into small units. Today's workout, including pre- and post-session conditioning, lasted only two hours. And instead of being spread out over four fields, it was mostly confined to two, with all of the regular position players together in one large gathering.

"It was great," shortstop Ian Desmond said. "I like the way we're doing it this year. We're spending the whole time on one field and everyone gets to, in a way, bond. It's good team-building, because everyone's not running around all over the place. You're not seeing each other in passing. It's not like we're going 150 mph. I think we're kind of being treated like pros."

The first portion of the workout was devoted to defensive fundamentals, and plenty of eyes were on Adam LaRoche. The veteran first baseman, eight months removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his leftRead more »

  1. JaneB - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Take photos of the phenoms facing each other when the universe conspires finally to have Strasburg pitch Harper. I'm actually going to root for no OppoBoppos.

  2. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    I'm sure Natsjack will be there trying to hobnob with the baseball people with a camera JaneB. Personally, I'd be more interested in meeting Swag the dog then watching guys just trying to ramp up in ST. Its always an interesting experience trying to shake the rust off from a winter layoff as short or as long as it might be.

  3. NatsJack in Florida (and hapoy as hell) - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM


  4. MicheleS - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    NatsJack.. we are all just jealous! Take lots of pics!

  5. natsfan1a - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I'm going to root for a routine BP session. :-)

  6. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Hopefully, Nats will sign Zimmerman to an extension today. Sports talk is saying $150 million for 8 years.

  7. NatsLady - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    MicheleS, thanks for the heads-up on that Clipp/Storen video. It took a while but I found it, and then it crashed my home computer… Clip looked cool in those shades…Drew does love to talk…That would be something, Jesus pitching to Joe Namath…

  8. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I'm going to root for a routine BP session.A good thing to wish for … this is the time where the risk of injury is highest which is likely why Johnson is taking the approach of not doing too much too soon too quickly. As I recall its when LaRoche first started having shoulder problems … Initially, Its about shaking off rust not about pitching the seventh game of the world series. Two entirely different things.

  9. Get Some Players - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Has anyone seen Zimmermann's split finger changeup?

  10. Propositional Logic - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    If the Nats need to get some players? Then how could one have aHas anyone seen Zimmermann's split finger change up? He can't possibly be a player?

  11. Get Some Players - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Prop Logic—What?

  12. DWS - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Xavier Paul ? Has he shown up?

  13. Mark Zuckerman - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Yes, Xavier Paul reported on time. Everyone's in camp.

  14. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Holy crap. Have anyone of you experienced an entire spring training?I've beem doing this since 1971. It's friggin baseball And it's finally back in DC.For God's sake…… ENJOY!

  15. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Looks like Tyler Moore is being asked to coach up Corey Brown. Hope he can do it … be better than a Gerardo Parra trade since Brown REALLY CAN play CF and hits for legit power. When he is hitting.

  16. Scott from Burke - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I found this online: "As one of the best player to ever play for the Washington Nationals' former namesake, the Expos, Carter was inducted into the Nationals' ring of honor in 2010"…so are they wearing a Gary Carter patch this year?

  17. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    "As one of the best player to ever play for the Washington Nationals' former namesake, the Expos, Carter was inducted into the Nationals' ring of honor in 2010".Best interesting questing of the day.

  18. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Looks like "Broadway Joe" is going to be an uncle …

  19. Doc - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    It would be nice to see some remembrance for Kid Carter–he was my favorite Expo/Nats.Davey had a lot of respect for him as a player.Speaking of respect, it's time that Davey gets viewed as the exceptional manager that he has always been. Maybe taking the Nats to the playoffs will bring it on!Goooooooooooooooooo Nats!

  20. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Maybe taking the Nats to the playoffs will bring it on!Almost a lock to get manager of the year honors … but you never know what may or may not happen …

  21. dj in Fl - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    I will see you tomorrow natsjack, hope the rain holds off.I played around with a comcast free web site tonight and put up the few photos I got before a camera malfunction. The site will only be for photos, no blogs or comments please. I will just put photos that I take on it.

  22. Sec 3, My Sofa - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    "the Washington Nationals' former namesake, the Expos"Wait, what? That's like going to different schools together, I guess.

  23. NatsNut - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    NatsLady, MicheleS, anyone,any chance you have a link to the clippard/storen video from yesterday? I looked all over for it and no luck.

  24. Just wondering - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    If Zimmerman's deal blows up over the no trade clause, does that make Jayson Werth our new face of the franchise? He would be the only player the team is willing to commit to holding onto for that long, after all.





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