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  1. Zimmermann pleased with 1st start

    Feb 24, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run over three strong innings. VIERA, Fla. — Just as pitchers don’t want to put too much stock in a bad outing to start spring training, neither do they want to give too much credence to a good appearance in late-February. Jordan Zimmermann, though,…

  2. Garcia shut down 10-14 days

    Feb 24, 2013, 4:10 PM EST

    VIERA, Fla. — Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia will be shut 10-to-14 days to rest his strained forearm, manager Davey Johnson said this morning. Garcia has been experiencing pain just above his right wrist for the last week, though only when he throws fastballs, not offspeed pitches. An MRI revealed a minor strain, and after receiving…

  3. Nats vs. Marlins – 2/24/13

    Feb 24, 2013, 1:52 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium hosts its first game of the spring. VIERA, Fla. — With yesterday's Grapefruit League opener behind them, the Nationals get to host their first game of the spring this afternoon, with another familiar NL East foe as the opponent. Familiar, at least, in name only.…

  4. First step in a long season

    Feb 23, 2013, 9:52 PM EST

    Associated Press Bryce Harper drilled a single to right field in his first at-bat of the spring. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Since his players reported to camp nearly two weeks ago, Davey Johnson has preached the idea of taking things slowly and not trying to do too much early during what will be an…

  5. Strasburg ‘geeked up’ during first start

    Feb 23, 2013, 9:11 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs and three hits in the first inning. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Time was, if Stephen Strasburg gave up a home run in the first inning of the first game of spring training, the rest of the Nationals dugout would have been ready to brace for…

  6. Davey downplays report of Storen back issue

    Feb 23, 2013, 4:24 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images Drew Storen had back spasms during the playoffs, according to PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — If Drew Storen was dealing with “unbearable” back pain during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series last fall, his manager certainly wasn’t aware of it. “The only thing I…

  7. Nats vs. Mets – 2/23/13

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:09 PM EST

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tradition Field hosts the Nationals in their Grapefruit League opener. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Hey, look! It's a baseball field. And there's an actual game to be played today. (Well, an actual exhibition game. But beggars can't be choosers.) The Nationals open Grapefruit League play today, facing…

  8. Let the games begin

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:52 PM EST

    Associated Press Bryce Harper will bat third in tomorrow's Grapefruit League opener. VIERA, Fla. — Opening Day for the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues, best as anyone can recollect, has never come as early as this before. It's only February 23, and already there's a full slate of exhibition games on top in both Florida and…

  9. Nats hope Young can be 6th starter

    Feb 22, 2013, 9:48 PM EST

    USA Today Sports Images Chris Young is 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 career starts. VIERA, Fla. — For months, there has been concern within the Nationals organization about the lack of viable pitching depth should one of their five starters succumb to injury. If Chris Young is finally healthy after a long battle…

  10. Zimmerman impresses in first BP session

    Feb 22, 2013, 7:51 PM EST

    Associated Press Ryan Zimmerman has been brought along slowly after shoulder surgery. VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman took a full round of batting practice on the field this morning, the first time he's done that this spring. Based on the way the Nationals third baseman crushed the ball to all corners of Space Coast Stadium,…





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