Feb 18, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya throws during his morning bullpen session. VIERA, Fla. — Workout No. 2 of the spring is in the books, and there were a few things worth noting about it, from the early arrival of several top position players to several intriguing guys throwing in the bullpen.…
Feb 18, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — There may come a point this season when either Wilson Ramos or Jesus Flores takes over as the Washington Nationals’ starting catcher. But for now, that job still belongs to one of the greatest backstops ever to play the game. Manager Jim Riggleman made it clear Friday morning Ivan Rodriguez will open…
Feb 18, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — For all the attention Stephen Strasburg received yesterday during his first official workout of the spring, there was another Nationals pitcher drawing even more attention. Chien-Ming Wang, a national hero in Taiwan, was followed by the usual throng of media members that chronicles his every move. These reporters have spent a lot…
Feb 17, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg threw for about 15 minutes today from 45 feet. VIERA, Fla. — It was, as Stephen Strasburg succinctly described it, “just another another day.” And on the surface, there was nothing special about the tasks Strasburg performed Thursday morning during the Washington Nationals’ first official workout…
Feb 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Stephen Strasburg pauses during his throwing session to talk to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — The first official workout of spring training is wrapping up as we speak. Nothing dramatic to report, though I suppose the sight of Stephen Strasburg throwing a baseball qualifies for drama around here.…
Feb 17, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers may have reported two days ago, but spring training really begins today. Jim Riggleman and Mike Rizzo are currently holding a meeting inside the clubhouse with all the gathered player, setting the ground rules (as they are) for the spring. At 9:45 a.m., everyone will head to the practice…
Feb 16, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez plays catch on his first day at Nats camp this spring. VIERA, Fla. — Livan Hernandez has the kind of presence that allows him to walk into any big-league clubhouse and immediately feel right at home, but there may be no clubhouse in the sport that…
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.…
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