Mar 26, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jim Riggleman was “disappointed” and “surprised” by comments made yesterday by Nyjer Morgan, who said he expects to be let go by the organization before Opening Day. “I’m disappointed,” Riggleman said before today’s game against the Astros. “But I understand where it’s coming from.” Morgan told MLB.com he understands he’s likely lost…
Mar 26, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nationals face the Astros at Osceola County Stadium. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — First of all, the news of the morning: There is no news. Or, I should say, there were no cuts made this morning. Everyone was accounted for at Space Coast Stadium before the team bus left…
Mar 26, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan went 1-for-3 with an RBI tonight to raise his average to .241. VIERA, Fla. — There were plenty of positives to come out of the Nationals' 3-2 victory over the Cardinals tonight. Tom Gorzelanny enjoyed his best outing of the spring, allowing two runs over six…
Mar 25, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper’s sprained left ankle has healed enough to convince Nationals executives the top prospect should be ready for Class A Hagerstown’s season opener on April 7. Meanwhile, right-hander Yunesky Maya was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse prior to tonight’s game, trimming the Nationals’ spring roster to 34 (including Chien-Ming Wang, Henry…
Mar 25, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tom Gorzelanny faces the Cardinals' "A" lineup tonight at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — Tom Gorzelanny has essentially locked up the fifth starter's job, so his standing probably isn't going to change based on how he pitches tonight. Still, the Nationals would like to see the lefty…
Mar 25, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche is being shut down from throwing at full velocity the next two or three days to rest the sore left shoulder that has bothered him since the start of spring training, but the Washington Nationals first baseman insists he has no worries about being ready to play in Thursday’s season…
Mar 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It's been 11 days since Ryan Zimmerman last played, since a seemingly innocuous sore groin sidelined the Nationals' star third baseman. Unless he fell out of bed this morning and re-injured himself, Zimmerman will be back in the Nationals' lineup, fully healthy and eager to get his swing back down before the…
Mar 25, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann tossed five shutout innings, striking out six. LAKELAND, Fla. — Perhaps the two biggest things to take out of the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Tigers tonight were Jordan Zimmermann's continued dominance and Tyler Clippard's continued improvement. Each was a welcome sight for a Nats club…
Mar 24, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT
LAKELAND, Fla. — Jayson Werth may be the highest-paid player on the Nationals roster this season, but he there’s a good chance he won’t lead the team in RBI after Jim Riggleman revealed plans today to bat the $126 million right fielder second in his nightly lineup. “I think it probably, in a perfect world,…
Mar 24, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces the Tigers tonight at Joker Marchant Stadium. LAKELAND, Fla. — Plenty of pregame news here this evening. I'll go into more detail on all this in some separate postings, but here's the quick rundown… – Jayson Werth is hitting second tonight, and Jim Riggleman said…
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