Mar 28, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats face the Mets once again at DigitalDomain Park. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Upon signing Xavier Nady to a minor-league contract on March 18, general manager Mike Rizzo insisted the veteran outfielder/first baseman would not be appearing in a big-league game this spring. When asked again…
Mar 28, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT
Associated Press file photo Commissioner Bud Selig has twice entrusted the takeover of a franchise to Stan Kasten. VIERA, Fla. — Upon announcing his resignation as president of the Washington Nationals in Sept. 2010, Stan Kasten made it clear he wouldn't be leaving the sports world altogether. "I don't feel like retiring," he said that…
Mar 27, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Brad Lidge impressed again today against the Marlins. JUPITER, Fla. — The Nationals didn't sign Brad Lidge to be their closer, but they did sign him believing he could handle the role if needed. Which, with Drew Storen likely to open the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, now appears…
Mar 27, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs over five innings today against the Marlins. JUPITER, Fla. — Considering what transpired in this same ballpark only five days ago, the Nationals would have been justified in worrying a bit about Gio Gonzalez at the end of a ragged first inning this afternoon. Three runs, four…
Mar 27, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The Nats make yet another trip to Jupiter today to face the Marlins. JUPITER, Fla. — Gio Gonzalez is quite familiar with Roger Dean Stadium at this point, and not because he happens to live a little farther down I-95 in Miami. This is actually his third start…
Mar 27, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Steve Lombardozzi is making his second start in left field this afternoon. JUPITER, Fla. — If Michael Morse needs to start the season on the disabled list — and considering he's not supposed to be cleared to resume throwing until tomorrow, that seems a likely scenario — the Nationals will need to…
Mar 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire photo Sean Burnett hasn't surrendered a run in six appearances this spring. VIERA, Fla. — It's easy to overlook relief pitchers in spring training. They appear late in games, often facing minor-league batters. Everyone tends to tune out the final innings of exhibition games. It should be noted, however, that the Nationals' bullpen…
Mar 26, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Roger Bernadina watches his fifth-inning homer clear the fence. VIERA, Fla. — At various points over the last four seasons, Roger Bernadina has displayed a natural ability and athleticism that gives the Nationals reason to believe he can be a significant producer at the big-league level. Bernadina, though, has never been able…
Mar 26, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT
US Presswire photo John Lannan is scheduled to make two more spring starts, including today. Updated at 4:56 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — With Chien-Ming Wang likely to open the season on the disabled list while recovering from a hamstring injury, manager Davey Johnson this morning confirmed what had long been assumed: John Lannan will open…
Mar 26, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT
US Presswire photo First baseman Adam LaRoche last appeared in a game on March 15. VIERA, Fla. — It didn't look like much — jogging around a 10-foot circle a couple of times — but it represented one of the last hurdles standing between Adam LaRoche and a return to the Nationals' lineup. Testing out…
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