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  1. Is a LF platoon the best answer?

    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…

  2. Saturday’s workout in photos

    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…

  3. Update on Meredith and visas

    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…

  4. Pudge now, Ramos and/or Flores soon

    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…

  5. 2nd workout done, Meredith injured

    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.…

  6. Riggleman: "Pudge is our catcher"

    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…

  7. Is Chien-Ming Wang fully recovered?

    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…

  8. Strasburg begins the long road back

    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…

  9. First observations

    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.…

  10. Time to work out

    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…

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