Mar 15, 2013, 8:04 PM EST
JUPITER, Fla. — Though Christian Garcia's chances of making the Nationals' Opening Day roster already looked unrealistic because of a sprained wrist, Nationals manager Davey Johnson quashed any last-ditch hopes for the right-hander today. "No possibility," Johnson said when asked if there was still a chance Garcia could come north with the club as a…
Mar 15, 2013, 4:06 PM EST
Associated Press Ryan Zimmerman is close to playing his first game at third base. JUPITER, Fla. — Comfortable with how his surgically repaired right shoulder has progressed this spring, Ryan Zimmerman may push up his spring training debut at third base to Saturday. Zimmerman was originally scheduled to take the field Monday against the Tigers,…
Mar 15, 2013, 2:47 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Dan Haren and the Nationals face the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. JUPITER, Fla. — Hello from Roger Dean Stadium, where today the Nationals face those blasted Cardinals again. There are some familiar names playing for St. Louis today that will bring back some bad memories for Nats…
Mar 15, 2013, 11:23 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Former pitcher Micah Owings is hitting .368 with two homers this spring. VIERA, Fla. — When he made the decision over the winter to sign with the Nationals strictly as a position player after six big-league seasons as a pitcher, Micah Owings didn't know what exactly to expect of himself. Only…
Mar 14, 2013, 10:11 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Chris Young allowed one run over four innings today against the Astros. VIERA, Fla. — Chris Young signed late this spring, joined the Nationals after camp had already opened and is trying to get his mechanics all the way back to normal following several years of shoulder trouble. So the veteran…
Mar 14, 2013, 4:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bo Porter and the Astros are back at Space Coast Stadium today. VIERA, Fla. — Davey Johnson has wanted his regulars to begin getting more playing time, and today nearly all of them will get an opportunity to start back-to-back games for the first time. This is essentially…
Mar 14, 2013, 2:40 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Anthony Rendon hit .375 with a team-high four homers and 11 RBI this spring. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals made their second round of spring training cuts this morning, sending top prospect Anthony Rendon and six others to minor-league camp. Rendon was optioned to Class AA Harrisburg, where he’ll open the…
Mar 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EST
USA Today Sports Images Bryce Harper rounds the bases after homering in the first inning yesterday. VIERA, Fla. — It appears all but a certainty now that the Nationals will open the season with Bryce Harper hitting third and Ryan Zimmerman sliding down into the cleanup role consistently for the first time in his career.…
Mar 13, 2013, 9:51 PM EST
Associated Press Wilson Ramos caught five innings today and will start again tomorrow. VIERA, Fla. — He's spent the entire spring crossing various tasks off his rehab checklist, from catching his first bullpen session to blocking pitches in the dirt to sliding into a base to squatting behind the plate in a game for the…
Mar 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Jordan Zimmermann allowed one earned run over 4 2/3 innings today. VIERA, Fla. — It’s a difficult thing to explain, the “dead arm” sensation that so many pitchers experience during spring training, and Jordan Zimmermann struggled today to put into words what he felt five days previous when he was rocked…
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