Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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.…
Feb 28, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Jayson Werth was held out of today's session for precautionary reasons. VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth was sidelined for this morning's workout, held out for precautionary reasons due to back spasms. Manager Davey Johnson wasn't overly concerned about what appears to be a minor tweak to his starting right fielder. "I'm not…
Feb 28, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann pitches live batting practice during yesterday's workout. VIERA, Fla. — For all the attention lavished upon Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson and Chien-Ming Wang over the winter and so far this spring, there's one projected member of the Nationals rotation who always seems to get…
Feb 27, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang throws during live BP today. VIERA, Fla. — Though everyone on the pitching staff throws live batting practice, for most guys, it's merely another mundane part of spring training. For some, though, it carries more weight. Such is the case for Chien-Ming Wang. Though he's now…
Feb 27, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — There have been a lot of numbers thrown around since yesterday about Ryan Zimmerman's contract extension, and there's been a bit of confusion over the total monetary value of the deal. Is it a six-year, $100 million extension? Is he guaranteed $126 million over the life of the contract? Or is it…
Feb 27, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper should get considerable playing time this spring. VIERA, Fla. — It doesn't look like the Nationals will have to wait too long to see their two most recent top draft picks in the starting lineup. Manager Davey Johnson suggested today that 2011 first-round pick Anthony Rendon will start at third…
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