Apr 1, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT
The Nationals re-assigned catcher Carlos Maldonado to minor-league camp following today's game against the Cardinals in Jupiter, trimming their roster by one and ensuring Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores will open the season as their only true catchers. Maldonado, 33, had a strong camp, hitting .353 (6-for-17) with a double, a homer and four RBI.…
Apr 1, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Gio Gonzalez makes yet another start at Roger Dean Stadium this afternoon. Since it's looking more and more like both Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel will open the season on the DL, the lineup Davey Johnson has put together for today's exhibition against the Cardinals might well…
Mar 31, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Stephen Strasburg gave up two earned runs in four innings this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — After a bit of a ragged performance in his spring training finale this afternoon, Stephen Strasburg said what surely is on everyone's mind inside the Nationals clubhouse right now: "I'm ready to get out of Florida, that's…
Mar 31, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel has been hampered by a tight quadriceps muscle all spring. VIERA, Fla. — Rick Ankiel's quadriceps injury that has lingered for weeks might just linger long enough to prevent the veteran center fielder from making the Nationals' Opening Day roster. Ankiel was out of the lineup today and will miss…
Mar 31, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg faces the Cardinals in the spring's final home game. VIERA, Fla. — Well, we've reached the end of another spring in Viera, home to choices, a living inspiration, and where life is always better. (At least, that's what they've told us on billboards over the years.)…
Mar 31, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Outfielder Jason Michaels, released by the Nationals on Thursday, will return to the organization and report to Class AAA Syracuse. Infielder Andres Blanco, however, has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies. The Nationals were hoping both Michaels and Blanco would stay with the organization following their releases, but each veteran had…
Mar 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo The dark hitter's backdrop at Space Coast Stadium doesn't extend enough to the left. VIERA, Fla. — For everyone worried about his struggles at the plate this spring, Danny Espinosa has a simple explanation: The batter's eye at Space Coast Stadium is too small. No, really. That's his story, and he's sticking…
Mar 31, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler allowed one run on three hits in five innings. VIERA, Fla. — In a perfect world, the Nationals would get 30 starts from every member of their rotation, all of them lasting at least five innings, and never need to summon a long man from their bullpen. The world, of…
Mar 30, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Chien-Ming Wang last pitched on March 15 against the Yankees. VIERA, Fla. — Though he'll open the season on the disabled list, Chien-Ming Wang's rehabilitation from a hamstring strain is progressing in more rapid fashion than the Nationals expected. Manager Davey Johnson said Wang will fly north with the club following Monday's…
Mar 30, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Rick Ankiel was officially added to the 40-man roster today. VIERA, Fla. — With six days to go before their season opener in Chicago, the Nationals are content to assemble their roster from within. "Barring something out of the ordinary, I think you're looking at the 25-man somewhere in this camp," general…
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