Feb 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg pauses during his throwing session to talk to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — The first official workout of spring training is wrapping up as we speak. Nothing dramatic to report, though I suppose the sight of Stephen Strasburg throwing a baseball qualifies for drama around here.…
Feb 17, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers may have reported two days ago, but spring training really begins today. Jim Riggleman and Mike Rizzo are currently holding a meeting inside the clubhouse with all the gathered player, setting the ground rules (as they are) for the spring. At 9:45 a.m., everyone will head to the practice…
Feb 16, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez plays catch on his first day at Nats camp this spring. VIERA, Fla. — Livan Hernandez has the kind of presence that allows him to walk into any big-league clubhouse and immediately feel right at home, but there may be no clubhouse in the sport that…
Feb 16, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina worked hard this offseason, and it shows. VIERA, Fla. — Guys report to spring training all the time and declare themselves to be in "the best shape of my life." Most of the time, we shrug it off. Roger Bernadina didn't utter the phrase himself today…
Feb 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals announced this morning they designated right-hander Luis Atilano for assignment, the long-awaited move that reduces their roster to the maximum 40 one day before pitchers and catchers hold their first formal workout. Atilano was a surprise contributor to the Nationals’ rotation early last season, summoned from the minors after a…
Feb 15, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT
Photo by Bob Youngentob for CSNwashington.com Barring something unforeseen, Livan Hernandez will start Opening Day against the Braves. VIERA, Fla. — On the day pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, Jim Riggleman didn’t hesitate to name his Opening Day starter: Livan Hernandez. “Unless something unforeseen happens, Livan has earned it,” the Nationals manager said.…
Feb 15, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman lobbied the Nationals hard, for nearly a year, to re-sign Adam Dunn. And when the Nats allowed Dunn to walk away and sign a four-year deal with the White Sox, the “Face of the Franchise” was outspoken in his disappointment. Zimmerman, though, insists his disappointment wasn’t over the Nationals’ roster…
Feb 15, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Mattheus was one of a handful of Nats throwing in the bullpen today. VIERA, Fla. — There wasn't a whole lot of actual baseball activity on reporting day. Most guys simply showed up at some point, dropped their belongings off, caught up with teammates and then left…
Feb 15, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium is abuzz with activity today. VIERA, Fla. — Ah, is there anything better than typing out that dateline for the first time this year? OK, maybe there is, but you know what I mean. Pitchers and catchers reporting day has arrived, as has your trusty…
Feb 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT
Well, it's that time once again. Across Florida and Arizona, infields are being carefully raked, BP jerseys are being hung inside clubhouses and pitchers and catchers from every organization are reporting for spring training. Guess what, everyone: It's baseball season. And if that doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will.…
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Nats at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Reds, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Reds, 1:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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