Mar 1, 2012, 10:19 PM EST
Associated Press photo Bryce Harper takes batting practice during today's workout. VIERA, Fla. — Rick Eckstein and Bryce Harper were having a conversation around the batting cage, talking about how to approach certain pitches in certain parts of the strike zone, when Harper brought up a prominent hurler from another NL East club he's sure…
Mar 1, 2012, 7:28 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Purke will start for the Nationals tomorrow against Georgetown. VIERA, Fla. — Had he remained at TCU for his senior season, Matt Purke might very well have found himself pitching tomorrow against another college ballclub. Purke, though, elected to enter last summer's draft and sign with the…
Mar 1, 2012, 3:26 PM EST
Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche has missed the last two workouts with a minor ankle sprain. VIERA, Fla. — Hindered by a mild ankle sprain suffered during a baserunning drill, Adam LaRoche is not fully participating in today's workout at Space Coast Stadium, but the Nationals first baseman expects to make his Grapefruit League debut…
Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire file photo Could the MLB playoffs come to Nationals Park as soon as this year? VIERA, Fla. — Major League Baseball is expected to announce today that its plan to expand the postseason to include 10 total clubs will be implemented this season. Yes, with only one month to go until Opening Day,…
Feb 29, 2012, 11:58 PM EST
US Presswire photo Craig Stammen posted an 0.87 ERA in seven big-league appearances last season. VIERA, Fla. — It's easy to forget now, because of the emergence of Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann and the acquisition of Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson, but Craig Stammen was the Nationals' No. 3 starter only two years ago.…
Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Gio Gonzalez throws live BP today with Class AAA pitching coach Greg Booker watching. VIERA, Fla. — We've reached that inevitable point in spring training where everyone pines for the games to begin. There are only so many defensive drills and live BP guys can take before they…
Feb 29, 2012, 8:04 PM EST
US Presswire photo Jayson Werth has been hampered by back spasms the last few days. VIERA, Fla. — Though they've been fortunate not to suffer any injuries of consequence so far in big-league camp this spring, the Nationals are dealing with several nagging issues that have thinned the ranks at workouts the last few days.…
Feb 29, 2012, 2:39 PM EST
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper has attempted to keep his profile low so far this spring. VIERA, Fla. — This may qualify as the biggest news of Nationals camp so far: Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account. OK, so perhaps that's not as significant as Ryan Zimmerman's $100 million contract extension or the open…
Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Davey Johnson offers instruction to Danny Espinosa at today's workout. VIERA, Fla. — Danny Espinosa has always been the baseball equivalent of a gym rat. Or, as they like to call themselves at Long Beach State, dirtbags. There's nowhere Espinosa would rather be than the ballfield. Unless he's…
Feb 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EST
File photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Sammy Solis will need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. Updated at 4:52 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — Nationals pitching prospect Sammy Solis has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, an injury that will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, the club officially announced this afternoon.…
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