Jan 26, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Danny Espinosa played the second half of last season with left shoulder pain. Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa revealed today he played the final month of last season with a torn left rotator cuff and that he’ll attempt to play through this season without repairing the tear through surgery. Espinosa, who…
Jan 26, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is hosting NatsFest today. Hello from NatsFest, which for the first time in the event's history is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. As much as everyone enjoyed hosting this at Nationals Park in the past, the feeling was…
Jan 26, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER William Howard Taft debuts at NatsFest on Saturday. The Nationals unveiled a new racing president Saturday afternoon, one with a built-in connection to baseball and the kind of physique that could provide some comedic value. William Howard Taft "agreed to terms" to be the Nationals' fifth racing president,…
Jan 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Viera.com Viera has been the franchise’s spring home since 2003. It’s easy to make fun of Viera, Fla., because the town is such a punching bag, inflicting wounds on itself with cheesy slogans — remember “In Viera, Even Better”? — and strip malls and an overall lack of charm. Truth be told, Viera…
Jan 24, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Frank Wren signed B.J. Upton in November and today traded for Justin Upton. The Nationals spent years chasing down the Phillies in the NL East and took legitimate pride in dethroning the five-time division champs last season. Philadelphia, though, is anything but the Nats' most significant concern heading into 2013 and…
Jan 24, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Stephen Strasburg signs autographs following a workout last spring. The countdown to spring training is in full swing, so what better way to note how tantalizingly close we are to baseball season than to start talking about what you can expect to see at Nationals camp in Viera? Yes, it’s time…
Jan 23, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Associated Press file photo At least 49 players will take the field in Viera in three weeks. We are now a mere three weeks from Nationals pitchers and catchers officially reporting for spring training, and if that doesn't warm your heart on this frigid Wednesday morning in D.C., I don't know what will. As has…
Jan 22, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Jordan Zimmermann is under the Nationals' control through 2015. The Nationals have shown a willingness in the past to lock up core players well before they're eligible for free agency. Ryan Zimmerman had all of his arbitration years and two free agency years bought out way back in 2009. Gio Gonzalez,…
Jan 22, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
USA Today Sports Images Nationals Park hosted its first three playoff games in October. Washington is going to have to wait a while longer to land the Midsummer Classic. Considered the favorites to host the 2015 All-Star Game as recently as last summer, the Nationals have been beaten out by the Reds, who will officially…
Jan 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Associated Press Mike Rizzo introduced closer Rafael Soriano Thursday at Nationals Park. There are, incredibly, only three weeks to go until pitchers and catchers officially report for spring training, the Hot Stove League having reached the home stretch at last. Across baseball, teams are looking at their projected rosters, figuring out what holes still remain…
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