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Nats vs. Braves – 3/24/13

Mar 24, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats host the Braves today at Space Coast Stadium.

VIERA, Fla. — It's a gray and very windy afternoon here at Space Coast Stadium, but it looks like the rain will hold off until later in the day, so the Nationals and Braves shouldn't have trouble getting today's game in. But the way the wind is howling out to left field, don't be surprised if there are a bunch of deep drives. In other words, be careful about judging today's pitchers.

So it'll be quite a challenge for Jordan Zimmermann, not to mention Kris Medlen, as each right-hander makes his penultimate start of the spring. Zimmerman is coming off a fantastic, six-inning outing against the Tigers and looks poised to open the season on a strong note.

All the regulars are back in the Nationals' lineup, including Bryce Harper, who said his jammed left thumb is still sore but not enough to keep him from playing. He planned to take BP wearing a rubber ring around the thumb that many players use for cushioning, but he was worried it wouldn't be comfortable and figured he probably wouldn't use it in the game.

Plenty of updates to come, please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Space Coast Stadium, Viera
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: MASN
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 27 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman

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  1. JayB - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    This is beyond a joke at his point. Rizzo biggest fault is he is the last person in all of baseball to give up on these basket case types.HRODWANGCABERRA, DPEREZ OSTAIRSDEROSAList is forever growing and they cost money and waste IP and AB's in ST and AAA/AA…..On a different rant…..So now Rizzo and the Lerners are listing to Jason W about the sorry state of Nats Medical and Training staff and programs……REALLY….all that data for years was not enough but 6 months ago Werth complains and they listen. Better late than never but what a waste of years of talent getting hurt and not rehabed correctly and now Rizzo is listening. Rizzo has faults,big blind spots.

  2. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    So we get a crack at Medlen today.. Good.. we need to break him ;-)

  3. natsfan1a - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I like this usage, and I may borrow it some time:"On a different rant…."That is all. :-)

  4. sjm308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    We have made some mistakes but name a club that has not made them? I wonder who Insiders can list on the positive side of the ledger who we held onto and developed into assests, if not for our club then in trades. Wasn't Tracy considered to be pretty much washed up when we signed him? There surely have to be a few.I do agree about the state of our medical/training staff and think they made another mistake this year but will not elaborate.

  5. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    SJM308.. Don't forget Mike Gonzales.

  6. Positively Half St. - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    JayB-If we consider the other players a number of us had given up on at times, it makes more sense to give Rizzo the benefit of the doubt. A lot of us were down on LaRoche at times, as well as Ian Desmond. One could rightly get on DeRosa and Wang, but the Goon Squad as a whole was essential to the Nats being the winningest team in baseball, and both guys had takers this year after Rizzo passed on them.I do think that the statute of limitations for bringing up Daniel Cabrera has passed by now.As for the medical staff, though, I'm not sure any of us would disagree with you on that.+1/2St.

  7. SCNatsFan - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Wang, Perez and DeRosa are still playing so Rizzo certainly isn't the last person to give up on them.

  8. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Sounds like we are getting Rosenbaum back…Amanda Comak‏@acomak3m The #nats are getting Rule 5 LHP Danny Rosenbaum back from the #Rockies, according to a source.

  9. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Wasn't Cabrera a Bowden signing? Really it's water under the bridge at this point. there isn't a perfect GM out there, they all have mistakes.

  10. c715e5d6-9d22-11e1-a89a-000f20980440 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Was someone asking for hitting? Right on cue.ArVAFan

  11. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    ArVaFan.. and it's against Medlen…..love it

  12. sm13 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Headline: Nats Not Perfect, Abandon All Hope.Headline: Nats Manage to Win 98 Games, Despite All Their Mis-StepsHeadline: Nats Fans Generally Happy With Current Product

  13. lls45 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Headline: H-Rod on DL with "injury", Nobody Cares

  14. Doc - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Interesting JayB about Werth and his rants about Nats' med staff. Gee, I guess we NI's get a few things right once and a while! Most of our expressed concerns predate Werth's rant.

  15. baseballswami - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Anyone else getting dizzy from watching these shaky cameras? Whoa.

  16. MicheleS - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    ALR BOMB! sweet.. and yes it was with the wind but who cares

  17. tayo - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Nice interview with Span. Sounds like a very likable guy.

  18. tayo - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

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  19. natsfan1a - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Hope everyone's okay in Viera. Just rewound and watched the final inning after taking a long phone call.

  20. natsfan1a - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    O wind. If dinger comes, can Spring be far behind?3:11 p.m. — Adam LaRoche laughs in the face of tornadoes. Two-run, opposite-field homer in the bottom of the seventh. The Nats now lead 9-3.

  21. NatsJim - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I don't know if Danny's ST success will carry over into April, but it's clear he's put in a lot of work to address his issues. I was critical of his strikeouts and homerun hitter's mentality during the offseason, so I truly respect his attempt to change for the good of the team. And I honestly believe he'll still get roughly the same power numbers with the new approach due to the improved contact rate and his raw strength.

  22. Steady Eddie - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    MicheleS. — I was sitting behind the plate with NatsJack and that dinger was hit with authority, and so high that it would have gone out on a dead-still day. As Jack said, a seasoned pro like Rochy, with nothing to prove in ST, can turn it on in three days. And a second straight overpowering start by JZimm. He was just sawing the Barves' bats off in their hands. Looking ready for Opening Day.

  23. SCNatsFan - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Steady Eddie, I disagree; what us the advantage for a vet to dog it at the plate during ST? Does it take so much more effort to get a base hit then a ground out or be focused more?

  24. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    SCNatsFan…..No. It doesn't take much but it is what seperates the veteran professional from the run of the mill minor leaguer trying to impress the higher ups. The pro has degrees of focus we can't imagine.I said all during the first 4 weeks of ST that LaRoches head was still in some tree stand in Kansas. He shook out of a couple of days ago.

  25. John C. - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    As a counterpoint to some other rants I will just note that Rizzo comes out smelling like a rose on his management of the 40 man roster. He got a lot of criticism when Kobernus and Rosenbaum were taken in the Rule 5 draft. But not only are they back, now the team hangs on to Rivero as well (Rivero did struggle defensively in the OF this spring; I cut him some slack since he had never played OF before). Now the team has two extra 40 man roster slots to keep an eye out for a player that they need (LHRP? #6 starter?). Well played, sir.

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