Mar 1, 2011, 4:00 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Wilson Ramos slides in ahead of Mike Nickeas' tag in the top of the fourth. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — So, believe it or not, Bryce Harper wasn't the only player of consequence in today's Grapefruit League opener. Quite the contrary, a number of other members of the…
Feb 28, 2011, 8:41 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Bryce Harper reacts to striking out in his first at-bat of the spring. Read my full story with postgame quotes on CSNwashington.com PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Bryce Harper's first at-bat in a big-league spring training game didn't last long, and didn't produce the result the 18-year-old Washington…
Feb 28, 2011, 5:29 PM EST
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Willie Harris emerged from the third-base dugout at DigitalDomain Park this morning with a smile on his face and a bounce in his step. Just like the guy Nationals fans came to know over the last three years. Except for the Mets uniform he was wearing. "I miss my guys,"…
Feb 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER DigitalDomain Park, spring home of the New York Mets. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Let the games begin. The Grapefruit League begins this afternoon for the Nationals, who open exhibition play against their division rivals from Queens at the recently renamed DigitalDomain Park. Just rolls off the tongue,…
Feb 28, 2011, 12:05 AM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jim Riggleman has presided over a Nats camp lacking in the usual drama. VIERA, Fla. — Walking around the practice fields near Space Coast Stadium for the last two weeks, you tend to strike up conversations with all sorts of people. Players. Coaches. Team execs. Fans. Other media…
Feb 27, 2011, 9:29 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Though minor-league spring training doesn't begin until mid-March, the Nationals invite a roster full of their top prospects to come to town early and participate in an "accelerated development camp." These are mostly younger prospects, guys who aren't ready for big-league camp quite yet, plus a handful of veteran minor leaguers who…
Feb 27, 2011, 6:36 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jesus Flores has participated fully in camp and is ready to play in games. VIERA, Fla. — Sometime during tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener in Port St. Lucie, Bryce Harper will trot out of the Nationals’ dugout and assume his position in right field. All eyes will focus on…
Feb 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard is assured of a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. VIERA, Fla. — We're nearly two weeks into camp now and the Nationals are still waiting for one of their key offseason acquisitions to arrive. Henry Rodriguez, the flamethrowing right-hander picked up from the A's in…
Feb 26, 2011, 10:52 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang took another positive step today. VIERA, Fla. — The biggest development of the day at Nationals camp was Chien-Ming Wang's continued progression. He looked sharp during his live BP session, and he's slated to pitch an inning or two in a minor-league intrasquad game on Friday.…
Feb 26, 2011, 7:25 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Cla Meredith's chance of making the Nationals' bullpen, already long when camp started, has become even more unlikely. Meredith, who had to cut his first bullpen session short last week after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired right elbow, had another setback yesterday that required another MRI. The results of that test…
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