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  1. News and notes from Saturday’s workout

    Feb 21, 2015, 5:50 PM EST

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    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…

  2. Espinosa will hit righty majority of the time this spring

    Feb 21, 2015, 5:11 PM EST

    AP

    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…

  3. VIDEO: Scherzer joins Nats in Viera

    Feb 21, 2015, 1:45 PM EST

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    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…

  4. UPDATED: Zimmermann: Contract talks “on hold right now”

    Feb 21, 2015, 1:44 PM EST

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    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,”…

  5. Workouts begin today

    Feb 21, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    AP

    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…

  6. UPDATED: Nats pick up Williams’ option for 2016

    Feb 21, 2015, 8:19 AM EST

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    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…

  7. McLouth’s shoulder nearly 100 percent healthy again

    Feb 20, 2015, 5:15 PM EST

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    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…

  8. Scherzer reports to camp, joins fellow Nats aces

    Feb 20, 2015, 3:24 PM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — Max Scherzer strolled into the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, the new guy in an unfamiliar room. He looked around, found his locker, then noticed who holds the next stall: Stephen Strasburg. “Hey, Max,” Strasburg said, extending his right hand. “Nice to meet you.” This was the…

  9. VIDEO: Nats report to Viera

    Feb 20, 2015, 1:36 PM EST

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    Nationals pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Fla. on Thursday ready to get started for the 2015 season after an eventful winter. Mark is down there and caught up with a few players including Gio Gonzalez and Drew Storen. In this video, Mark also adds some analysis of the first day of 2015 spring training.…

  10. Janssen knows he has “big shoes to fill”

    Feb 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    VIERA, Fla. — Upon signing with the Nationals last month, Casey Janssen couldn’t help but do a little research on the guy he’ll be replacing as primary setup man — Tyler Clippard — and realize what exactly was now going to be expected of him. “I definitely looked at Tyler’s numbers, and they’re pretty impressive,”…

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