Feb 16, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina worked hard this offseason, and it shows. VIERA, Fla. — Guys report to spring training all the time and declare themselves to be in "the best shape of my life." Most of the time, we shrug it off. Roger Bernadina didn't utter the phrase himself today…
Feb 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals announced this morning they designated right-hander Luis Atilano for assignment, the long-awaited move that reduces their roster to the maximum 40 one day before pitchers and catchers hold their first formal workout. Atilano was a surprise contributor to the Nationals’ rotation early last season, summoned from the minors after a…
Feb 15, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT
Photo by Bob Youngentob for CSNwashington.com Barring something unforeseen, Livan Hernandez will start Opening Day against the Braves. VIERA, Fla. — On the day pitchers and catchers reported for spring training, Jim Riggleman didn’t hesitate to name his Opening Day starter: Livan Hernandez. “Unless something unforeseen happens, Livan has earned it,” the Nationals manager said.…
Feb 15, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman lobbied the Nationals hard, for nearly a year, to re-sign Adam Dunn. And when the Nats allowed Dunn to walk away and sign a four-year deal with the White Sox, the “Face of the Franchise” was outspoken in his disappointment. Zimmerman, though, insists his disappointment wasn’t over the Nationals’ roster…
Feb 15, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Mattheus was one of a handful of Nats throwing in the bullpen today. VIERA, Fla. — There wasn't a whole lot of actual baseball activity on reporting day. Most guys simply showed up at some point, dropped their belongings off, caught up with teammates and then left…
Feb 15, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium is abuzz with activity today. VIERA, Fla. — Ah, is there anything better than typing out that dateline for the first time this year? OK, maybe there is, but you know what I mean. Pitchers and catchers reporting day has arrived, as has your trusty…
Feb 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT
Well, it's that time once again. Across Florida and Arizona, infields are being carefully raked, BP jerseys are being hung inside clubhouses and pitchers and catchers from every organization are reporting for spring training. Guess what, everyone: It's baseball season. And if that doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will.…
Feb 12, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT
When the Nationals released Elijah Dukes last spring, it was appropriate to wonder whether the talented-but-troubled outfielder would ever get another opportunity to play in the major leagues. Nearly one year later, that opportunity has yet to come, and it's pretty clear it will never come for Dukes, who at 26 is now embarking on…
Feb 11, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT
Photo by Bob Youngentob for CSNwashington.com Livan Hernandez is the least of the Nationals' worries entering spring training. There are plenty of uncertainties surrounding the Nationals heading into the start of spring training next week, and plenty of time and ink and pixels will be devoted to them. There are, however, a handful of certainties…
Feb 10, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg has taken a crucial step in his long, slow recovery from Tommy John surgery. The Nationals right-hander recently began throwing for the first time since wincing in pain upon throwing his final pitch in Philadelphia last August, a club official confirmed. Strasburg, who has been rehabbing all winter near his home in San…
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