Feb 27, 2015, 10:18 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams likes to post a “Quote of the Day” each morning at the top of the workout schedule that hangs in the Nationals’ spring training clubhouse. Sometimes they’re inspirational sayings, sometimes they’re relayed to baseball, sometimes they’re not. The quote that was posted Thursday, on the morning of the Nationals’ first…
Feb 26, 2015, 7:19 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth is hoping his surgically repaired shoulder will be fully healed in time for Opening Day, but the veteran Nationals outfielder said he’s willing to spend the first week or two of the season on the disabled list if he’s not yet 100 percent healthy. “That’s kind of my goal,” Werth…
Feb 26, 2015, 5:02 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Yunel Escobar’s first 24 hours in a Nationals uniform included a meeting with Matt Williams and Mike Rizzo, plenty of work at second base and plenty of time getting to know his teammates. The end result of all that: An upbeat veteran ready to embrace his new position and do his part…
Feb 26, 2015, 9:49 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — The clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium this morning was alive for the first time this spring, with pitchers, catchers and position players all together at last, chatting and laughing in advance of the Nationals’ first full-team meeting and workout. One of the TVs happened to show footage of Bryce Harper’s epic media…
Feb 26, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — So many things come so easy to Anthony Rendon on a baseball field, it’s easy to forget just how little experience he has. Even to this day, Rendon has played only 352 games as a professional ballplayer, 251 of those in the major leagues. The Nationals’ young star has been forced to…
Feb 25, 2015, 6:39 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper reported for spring training on Wednesday and wasted no time letting the world know just how confident he is in himself, the Nationals’ star-studded rotation and the roster as a whole entering fourth big-league season. Over the span of a 12 1/2-minute session with media members in the dugout at…
Feb 25, 2015, 3:17 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — All 70 players invited by the Nationals to big-league camp have reported, but at least one prominent regular won’t be able to participate entirely at Thursday’s first full-squad workout of the spring. Jayson Werth, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder January 9, will be held back from full participation for…
Feb 25, 2015, 10:31 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Blake Treinen isn’t an overly gregarious person by nature, which only made his presence at spring training last year less noticeable. Treinen was given the last locker by the door at one end of the Nationals’ clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium, a spot typically reserved for minor leaguers who don’t figure to…
Feb 24, 2015, 5:48 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams was asked Tuesday if he’s ever going to actually perform his Babe Ruth impersonation, as promised last season when his Nationals won 10 straight games. The manager’s answer was, well, let’s just say it was convoluted. More on that in a little bit. In the meantime, here are some news,…
Feb 24, 2015, 3:53 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Trea Turner, the prized shortstop prospect acquired by the Nationals during the offseason, reported for spring training on Tuesday … but not in Florida. Turner reported to Peoria, Ariz., home of the San Diego Padres, who remain Turner’s official employer for another four months. Because of a quirky MLB rule that rarely…
Feb 24, 2015, 1:15 PM EST
Among the Nationals’ biggest challenges this spring is reconfiguring their bullpen after trading Tyler Clippard (and letting Rafael Soriano leave as a free agent). They recognize they can’t fully replace Clippard, one of the best and most-consistent relievers in baseball, but they also like the options they have to fill that role. In this video…
Feb 24, 2015, 10:09 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman’s body is healthy, that is, as healthy as 30-year-old with 1,198 big-league games of wear and tear can be. Just as significant, Zimmerman’s mind is at ease as he begins his 10th spring training with the Nationals, his first as anything other than a third baseman. “All good things come…
Feb 23, 2015, 5:46 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Though position players don’t officially report until Tuesday and don’t hold their first official workout til Thursday, nearly every one of them has already arrived in Viera. So the attention right now is kind of split between the pitchers and catchers out on the practice fields and the position players taking part…
Feb 23, 2015, 2:12 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Ian Desmond doesn’t know if 2015 will be his final season with the Nationals. But he knows it could be, and so the veteran shortstop plans to savor every moment of his 12th (and possibly last) year with the only organization that has ever employed him. “I’m going to enjoy this ride,”…
Feb 23, 2015, 9:55 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman — that’s a title everyone’s still going to have to get used to — reported to spring training Monday morning and wasted no time getting to work at learning his new position. Zimmerman arrived in the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium before 8 a.m. and within an…
Feb 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — The attention is lavished upon the members of the Nationals’ pitching staff, particularly the five (or more) starters that will make up perhaps baseball’s best rotation in 2015. The one man in charge of preparing them all, though, is Steve McCatty. Now entering his seventh season as Nationals pitching coach, McCatty has…
Feb 22, 2015, 6:37 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Dan Uggla doesn’t hide from it, and he certainly doesn’t try to sugarcoat it. The veteran slugger knows he was an absolutely awful baseball player the last couple years, one who somehow plummeted from being an All-Star second baseman with five consecutive 30-homer seasons to perhaps the worst hitter in the game.…
Feb 22, 2015, 4:22 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — The second pitchers and catchers workout of the spring saw everybody switch routines from Saturday’s first session. Pitchers who threw off the bullpen mounds Saturday went through fundamental drills Sunday, and vice versa. Among the biggest names who toed the rubber were Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. The three pitchers…
Feb 22, 2015, 9:59 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Tanner Roark will prepare this spring as though he’ll be a starter come Opening Day. But that likely won’t be the case unless somebody else from the Nationals’ star-studded rotation gets hurt or is traded. So, Roark probably is destined for a long-relief role. Except that’s not exactly the best way to…
Feb 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — It turned into quite an eventful day here. Much of the news had little to do with the Nationals’ first pitchers and catchers workout of the spring — Matt Williams’ 2016 option getting picked up, Jordan Zimmermann talking about his contract status, Danny Espinosa swinging right-handed vs. a right-handed pitcher — but…
Feb 21, 2015, 5:11 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Danny Espinosa will bat right-handed against right-handed pitchers the majority of the time this spring, attempting to give up switch-hitting and revive his career, manager Matt Williams said Saturday. Espinosa, a switch-hitter most of his life, will make the change at the urging of the Nationals, who have seen the infielder struggle…
Feb 21, 2015, 1:44 PM EST
Updated at 4:36 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — Though he’s willing to engage with the Nationals if they initiate talks this spring, Jordan Zimmermann says no progress has been made on a long-term extension with the club. And he continues to maintain he won’t negotiate once Opening Day arrives. “I’m just getting ready for the season,”…
Feb 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers have reported (all 37 of them). They’ve taken and passed their physicals (all 37 of them). Which means there’s only one thing left to do: Play ball! OK, so there won’t be any actual (exhibition) games played for another 12 days, but this morning the Nationals will take the…
Feb 21, 2015, 8:19 AM EST
Updated at 4:27 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — On the morning of the first pitchers and catchers workout of the spring, the Nationals ensured the reigning NL Manager of the Year wouldn’t go into the season as a lame duck. The Nats picked up Matt Williams’ 2016 contract option, rewarding their 49-year-old skipper for the job…
Feb 20, 2015, 5:15 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Though his surgically repaired shoulder isn’t quite 100 percent yet, Nate McLouth firmly believes it will get there in the next few weeks once he ramps up his daily baseball regimen at spring training. “The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume,” he said. “I’ve been…
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