Feb 23, 2015, 9:55 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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, 1:45 PM EDT
Max Scherzer arrived at Nats’ spring training on Thursday ready to join what many expect to be the best rotation in the major leagues. The $210 million man is no stranger to that sort of hype, but did his best to downplay it. CSN was there with a camera as Scherzer was introduced and Mark…
Feb 21, 2015, 1:44 PM EDT
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 EDT
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…
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MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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- Phillies' All-Star likely to begin season on disabled list
- Report: AL Central team interested in former Nats closer Soriano
- Zimmermann contract talks "not looking good"
- Another Nats injury: Zimmerman banged up on diving play at first
- Former Nats All-Star wins closer job with Oakland Athletics
- Harper back in lineup as Nats face Cards
- Nats make 6 cuts as roster begins to take shape
- Forbes: Nats nearly doubled in franchise value from 2014 to 2015
- Gonzalez settles down, with help from Scherzer