Feb 22, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jim Riggleman addressed the full squad before this morning's workout. VIERA, Fla. — The full squad is in uniform and taking the field at last, but before that happened, Jim Riggleman held a 30-minute meeting with the entire roster and coaching staff, laying the foundation for this camp.…
Feb 22, 2011, 12:15 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper's presence towered over Nats camp today. VIERA, Fla. — As Bryce Harper shuttled from practice field to practice field late this morning, followed every step of the way by media and fans alike, you couldn't help but wonder if the circus is going to become a…
Feb 21, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper takes a break following his first round of batting practice at Nats camp. Read my full, updated story on CSNwashington.com VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals camp this morning with a flourish, creating a buzz as soon as he walked onto the practice fields…
Feb 21, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It's the final day of pitcher and catcher workouts, and not a moment too soon. Everyone around here is ready for the full squad to take the field tomorrow morning and really get this camp cranking. Every position player has been accounted for, no visa issues to report. (Pitchers Henry Rodriguez and…
Feb 20, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It’s been nearly two years since Mike Rizzo became acting general manager of the Nationals following the abrupt resignation of Jim Bowden in the middle of spring training. In the two years since, Rizzo has guided the franchise through a number of changes on and off the field and last fall was…
Feb 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sean Burnett delivers a pitch during his bullpen session. VIERA, Fla. — Upon arriving at Space Coast Stadium at 8:15 this morning, I didn't think there was any chance the Nationals would be able to start their workout on time. A dense fog blanketed the entire area and…
Feb 19, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina is battling Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel for playing time in left field. VIERA, Fla. — Rarely have the Nationals entered spring training with as many starting jobs around the diamond locked up like this. With six weeks still remaining before Opening Day, the Nats already…
Feb 19, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ross Detwiler throws in the bullpen with Jim Riggleman watching. VIERA, Fla. — Only three days into official workouts, the monotony starts to sink in a bit. These early sessions before position players join the fray are pretty simplistic: Throw off a bullpen mound every other day, shuttle…
Feb 19, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT
For the update on Cla Meredith's MRI and his comments, go to CSNwashington.com. VIERA, Fla. — It's another beautiful day in paradise, not a cloud in the sky, a light breeze blowing and the temperature expected to approach 80 degrees. Tough gig, I know. Pitchers and catchers are making their way down to the minor-league…
Feb 19, 2011, 12:07 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jesus Flores (and Wilson Ramos) are staring over Ivan Rodriguez’s shoulder. VIERA, Fla. — It sounded like a forceful declaration from Jim Riggleman — “Pudge is our catcher” — and the Nationals manager meant it when he said this morning that Ivan Rodriguez would open the season as…
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