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  1. Sunday morning injury updates

    Mar 25, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel, who had a quad strain earlier this spring, was scratched from today's lineup. VIERA, Fla. — It's a lazy Sunday here at Space Coast Stadium, where it's been raining on and off this morning. Doesn't appear there's enough precipitation to threaten this afternoon's game against the Mets, which is a…

  2. Jackson latest starter to get pounded

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Edwin Jackson saw his spring ERA skyrocket to 6.88 after today's start. SARASOTA, Fla. — It would be disconcerting for Edwin Jackson had it not happened before. But it has, so the veteran right-hander isn't overly worried about his wretched performance today … or his overall alarming numbers this spring. "I've never…

  3. Nats vs. Orioles – 3/24/12

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the Orioles. SARASOTA, Fla. — I've been covering games in the Grapefruit League since 2001, but until today I'd never been to Sarasota. In the past, I wasn't too upset about missing out on decrepit, old Ed Smith Stadium.…

  4. Who closes if Storen isn’t ready?

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Associated Press photo Brad Lidge is one of manager Davey Johnson's backup closer candidates. SARASOTA, Fla. — With Drew Storen's status still in question, manager Davey Johnson is making plans now in case he needs to anoint a fill-in closer to open the season. Johnson said this morning he would likely go with Brad Lidge…

  5. Slogging through the dog days of March

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jordan Zimmermann allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings today. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — There comes a point every spring when things begin to drag. Opening Day is starting to come into view, but not enough yet to reach out and grab it. The Nationals are experiencing those doldrums right now.…

  6. Rizzo: "We like the team we have right now"

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Mike Rizzo insists he's not making any phone calls to other GMs right now. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — His team hasn't won a game in 11 days, is dealing with several nagging injuries and was no-hit into the seventh inning today, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has no plans to significantly tweak…

  7. Nats still hoping for Morse on Opening Day

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Michael Morse hopes to resume baseball activities soon. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Though Michael Morse has yet to appear in the field this spring and has yet to resume baseball activities after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection near his injured lat muscle, the Nationals still believe there's a chance their cleanup hitter could…

  8. Nats vs. Astros – 3/23/12

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Osceola County Stadium hosts the Nationals this afternoon. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Nationals' weak offensive numbers so far this spring are probably a product of the lack of regulars getting playing time than anything, but that's going to change soon. Beginning Sunday, manager Davey Johnson plans to start…

  9. Clean MRI on Storen’s elbow

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — An MRI taken of Drew Storen’s elbow revealed no ligament or tendon damage, only inflammation of the joint, and the right-hander expects to resume a throwing program and not miss significant time. “It’s just rest for a couple more days, and then get it going and be good to go,” he said…

  10. Is lack of offense a concern?

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Ryan Zimmerman is one of the only Nationals regulars producing at the plate. VIERA, Fla. — Two total runs scored in three days. A .249 team batting average. An abysmal .689 team OPS. Is there any reason the Nationals should be worried about their lack of offensive punch so far this spring?…

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