Mar 24, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT
Updated at 3:34 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals optioned catcher Jesus Flores and right-hander Craig Stammen to Class AAA Syracuse this afternoon. Flores thus loses the battle for the No. 2 catching job behind Ivan Rodriguez, who will start Opening Day. Wilson Ramos will make the club and likely ease into a starting role…
Mar 24, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Rick Ankiel could be the Nationals' Opening Day center fielder. VIERA, Fla. — Feeling refreshed after their lone off-day of the spring, the Nationals return to the field this evening against the Tigers in Lakeland, the beginning of the home stretch here in Florida. There are six more Grapefruit League games…
Mar 23, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT
Associated Press photo A bust with the Mets, Oliver Perez will try to straighten himself out with the Nats. VIERA, Fla. — As news emerged this afternoon that the Nationals had signed Oliver Perez, the shrieks and groans from D.C. could be heard all the way down here on the Space Coast. Why on earth…
Mar 23, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT
Full updated story on CSNwashington.com VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have signed former Mets left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, a club source confirmed this afternoon. Perez was released Monday by the Mets, who will pay his entire $12 million salary this season. If he reaches the majors, the Nationals would be responsible only…
Mar 23, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan was highly efficient during yesterday's six-inning start. VIERA, Fla. — It's tough to find a pitching rhythm when every other start you make in spring training comes in a minor-league game on a back field at 11 a.m. Entering yesterday's outing against the Astros, John Lannan…
Mar 22, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Drew Storen helped his case today with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. VIERA, Fla. — Drew Storen is a bright guy, we all know that. He went back to Stanford last fall to continue his pursuit of an engineering degree. He described his pitching mechanics today using a word…
Mar 22, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER John Lannan faces the Astros today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Before we get to today's game, one quick note about someone who's not playing today. Ryan Zimmerman is missing his eighth straight game with a sore groin, though he's been taking BP and grounders. Jim…
Mar 22, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper suffered what the Nationals are terming a “medium sprain” of his left ankle yesterday, an injury that’s not considered serious but could prevent the top prospect from playing in Class A Hagerstown’s April 7 season opener. Mike Rizzo said this morning it’s too soon to know a timetable for Harper’s…
Mar 22, 2011, 3:18 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez allowed two runs in five innings today. JUPITER, Fla. — Boy, I sure picked the right day to return to Florida. It turned out to be quite an eventful Monday in the Grapefruit League, beginning with Bryce Harper's sprained ankle and continuing through the bench-clearing incident…
Mar 21, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Tony La Russa and Ian Desmond bark at each other during today’s game. JUPITER, Fla. — Bench-clearing incidents are rare events in spring training, but we saw one today at Roger Dean Stadium after three batters were plunked in a span of two innings. No punches were thrown, but Jim Riggleman and…
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