Feb 16, 2013, 3:34 AM EST
Ian Desmond set career highs in just about every offensive category last season, a true breakthrough season for the Nationals shortstop. But he still believes he can take his game to even greater heights this season. In an interview seen tonight on Comcast SportsNet, Desmond talked about raising the bar personally, his hope to actually…
Feb 15, 2013, 11:39 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Jordan Zimmermann throws in the bullpen during today's workout. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have come to terms on a one-year contract with Jordan Zimmermann, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was set to be held Tuesday in Arizona. Terms of the deal aren't yet known, but Zimmermann is expected to earn…
Feb 15, 2013, 9:48 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — His right shoulder nearly 100 percent following offseason surgery, Ryan Zimmerman plans to tweak his throwing mechanics this spring, going back to a more natural motion now that he’s no longer restricted. Davey Johnson’s reaction upon learning that news from his star third baseman: “Hallelujah.” “That sounds great to me,” the Nationals…
Feb 15, 2013, 7:37 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Rafael Soriano is en route to Nationals spring training after his work visa was approved this morning in the Dominican Republic. The Nationals' newly signed closer had been unable to report with his fellow pitchers and catchers on Tuesday because he was still waiting on paperwork in his native country. He missed…
Feb 15, 2013, 3:21 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bill Bray is competing for a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. VIERA, Fla. — When Davey Johnson looked to his bullpen last season and wanted to summon a left-hander, he had no shortage of options. Sean Burnett was one of the best setup men in baseball. Mike Gonzalez…
Feb 15, 2013, 3:00 AM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Today's first pitchers and catchers workout began in pleasant enough conditions: overcast skies, 70 degrees. But about one hour into the session, the heavens opened, and they still haven't closed almost 12 hours later. The rain sent everyone scurrying but didn't dramatically alter the Nationals' workout plans. "The weather helped just right,"…
Feb 14, 2013, 10:01 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Bryce Harper bulked up to 230 pounds over the winter. VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper's primary goal this season, the 20-year-old made clear, is team-related. "World Series," he said. "That's the biggest thing on my mind." Not that the Nationals' All-Star outfielder hasn't set some personal goals for himself as well.…
Feb 14, 2013, 8:02 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Wilson Ramos catches his first bullpen session since tearing his right ACL. VIERA, Fla. — It might not have looked like much — 10 minutes spent catching pitches from left-hander Zach Duke — but for Wilson Ramos, this morning’s workout represented a major milestone on the long road…
Feb 14, 2013, 2:55 PM EST
USA Today Sports Images Rafael Soriano has not been seen yet at Nationals camp. Updated at 1:45 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — As Nationals pitchers and catchers took the field for their first official workout of the spring, one significant name was missing: Rafael Soriano. Held up in his native Dominican Republic by a visa issue,…
Feb 14, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Associated Press file photo Drew Storen has been under an intense spotlight since Game 5 of the NLDS. VIERA, Fla. — There are plenty of athletes who refuse to go back and watch their worst moments in competition, believing the only way to focus on the future is by forgetting the past. Drew Storen believes…
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