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Workouts begin

Feb 15, 2014, 9:24 AM EST

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VIERA, Fla. — Yes, there’s a much more significant sporting event taking place in the world right now — a bunch of Nationals players were glued to the second period of USA-Russia in the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium, Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard chief among them — but there’s also going to be real baseball players doing real baseball things on the field in just a few minutes.

Yes, the first official pitchers and catchers workout of the spring will begin at 10 a.m., on the fields adjacent to Space Coast Stadium. It’s Matt Williams’ first workout as a big-league manager, and you better believe he’s prepared for this.

If you happen to be in the area and plan to attend, here’s an abridged version of today’s schedule. The daily schedule moving forward will be similar to this, at least until the position players officially join the fray on Thursday…

10 a.m. — Stretch

10:15 a.m. — Warm-up

10:45 a.m. — Pitchers throw in the bullpen, plus fundamental drills begin (Among those throwing off the mounds today are Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Taylor Jordan. Anyone who doesn’t throw today will throw tomorrow.)

11:40 a.m. — Pitchers conditioning

12 p.m. — Catchers BP

1 p.m. — Early position players BP

We’ll have plenty more throughout the day, so please check back…

  1. micksback1 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    its now official, the 2014 season has begun!!!

  2. micksback1 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    in the immortal words of Flounder, “Oh boy, this is great”!

  3. Another_Sam - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    At long last. Wish I were there. Thanks, Mark.

  4. positivelyhalfst - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    It is wonderful knowing that the team will be good no matter whether non-roster invitees impress during Spring Training.

  5. sjm308 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I have never been to spring training, have no idea how it is organized but I have a nit to pick.

    I know the strength and conditioning coach just a little but have great respect for his work. I just can’t imagine that he would let these guys stretch BEFORE warming up. There are all kinds of studies that show that stretching/flexibility work done when the muscles are cold will lead to many more injuries. The time to stretch is after a brief warmup not before. I would appreciate hearing from Mark or Natsjack or someone else who is there early in the morning to see if these guys honestly head right out of the clubhouse and start to stretch.

    I realize that coaching swimming is not coaching baseball but I also taught Kinesiology and Biomechanical Analysis and I just can’t imagine things have changed that much since I have been away.

    Again, its kinda minor but important to me.

    Go Nats!!

    • alexva6 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      maybe by warmup they mean a pitchers normal pre-throwing workout, making the players responsible for warming up before stretching.

      your point is valid

      • sjm308 - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        you might be correct but I would have not posted if it had read 10:00 warmup 10:15 stretch instead of what Mark listed

    • Joe Seamhead - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      sjm308, I’ve been a fan of John Philbin for almost 20 years. It started with him and his old gym with their “Jump Start on Fitness” program for kids, which my son, who played ball into college, participated in when he was 12 years old. He has gotten blamed by some for injuries that players have sustained and though I’m not an expert on conditioning, I always felt that my son was most fortunate to have worked under John’s conditioning instruction.
      Can’t help but to get in a good natured jab here, but all of you that believe in Kinesiology please raise my hand.
      Just joking…

      • sjm308 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Philbin is a true professional. He helped me set up my dryland program at Maryland & I will always be greatful for him and Frank Costello who was the MD. strength & conditioning coach at the time. I never thought he was the reason we suffered so many different injuries but I am obviously not close to that situation.

  6. sjm308 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    OK – I must have been in a total fog on this but I just read a piece by Bill Ladson on Strasburg. I had no idea he had a kid last Oct! Oh well, just another example of me being clueless.

    • naterialguy - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      I never heard about that either! Congratulation to the Strasburg family!

      • nats128 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Really, I thought it was JZ having a baby right after the season and RZ right after him. Should we trust Ladson on this one?

    • Candide - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I don’t think he had a kid. It was probably his wife.

      • sjm308 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        He helped

  7. philipd763 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Crappy weather for first official workout….cold and windy. No wonder so many teams have moved to AZ.

    • natsjackinfl - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Sure . like the snow outs they had last year in Arizona early Spring Training.

  8. Doc - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I didn’t see any mention of Werth coaching Gio on covering 1B—guess that comes in more advanced drills later on in camp! LOL

  9. scnatsfan - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    How does bonifacio sign on a minor league deal? To give the cubs a chance to trade someone off their 40 man?

    • DaveB - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Yep .. that one shocked me as well. Kinda surprised Rizzo wouldn’t have gone after him if a minor league deal was possible, but obviously the Nats have a history there. I can’t remember the details on how that went … with the Lobaton & Fister signings, there seems to be a focus on “good clubhouse guys” in addition to pure skills.

      • Jb - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Bonifacio struck out so much with the Nats he made Espinosa look like a contact hitter.

  10. Whynat - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    First ever visit to spring training a success. Saw a bullpen of the young guns. Introduced myself to our fearless leader, Mark. Stopped and saw an alligator on the side of the road. They don’t have gators in Arizona, so there’s that.





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