Feb 21, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Big-league camp is open for business, but the Nationals' minor-league camp won't commence until mid-March. The organization, though, is making sure its top prospects get a chance to start preparing for the season right now. Keeping with tradition, the Nationals are once again holding an accelerated development program this spring, inviting 47…
Feb 20, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Bryce Harper enters his second big-league camp feeling more comfortable. VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper reported for spring training today and made it clear what he must do to be included on the Nationals' Opening Day roster. "I'm going to come in here, work as hard as I can, keep my…
Feb 20, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Anthony Rendon was drafted out of Rice as a third baseman. VIERA, Fla. — Anthony Rendon was just beginning his junior season at Rice University one year ago. This morning, the 21-year-old was sitting at his locker inside the Nationals' clubhouse, a bona fide member of the spring training roster, and…
Feb 20, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg is expected to pitch about 160 innings this season. VIERA, Fla. — If there were still any lingering questions about the Nationals' plan for Stephen Strasburg in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, general manager Mike Rizzo put those to rest this morning. Rizzo made it…
Feb 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Good morning again from Space Coast Stadium, where today pitchers and catchers (plus the coaching staff) undergo their annual physicals. Thankfully, they don't make the reporters do this, because the results wouldn't be pretty. Let's just say none of us showed up to camp in the best shape of our lives. Though…
Feb 19, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Brad Lidge joins the Nationals after four seasons in the Phillies' bullpen. VIERA, Fla. — For three seasons, from 2008-10, Brad Lidge and his Phillies teammates would take the field against the Nationals and have every reason to believe they'd emerge victorious. Such is life when you play 18 times a year…
Feb 19, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Ian Desmond has switched from No. 6 to No. 20 this season. VIERA, Fla. — Ian Desmond has worn the No. 6 on the back of his jersey from the moment the Nationals first called him up to the big leagues in Sept. 2009. Why? "Because that's just the number [clubhouse…
Feb 19, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Stephen Strasburg reported for spring training today. VIERA, Fla. — It's been nearly 18 months since Stephen Strasburg reached back to throw that 90 mph changeup in Philadelphia and immediately felt something wrong in his elbow. There was barely a day after that in which the young right-hander didn't think about…
Feb 19, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT
US Presswire file photo Mike Cameron never made it to Nationals camp before deciding to retire. VIERA, Fla. — Veteran outfielder Mike Cameron, who was expected to make the Nationals' roster as at least part of a center field platoon, has instead informed the club he will retire. Cameron, 39, had a locker prepared at…
Feb 18, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT
The bags are packed. The household chores have been (mostly) taken care of. Mrs. Z and Baby Z have been assured all will be fine in my absence. It's time to head down to Viera. It's time for baseball. This will be my eighth spring covering the Nationals — how did that happen? — and…
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