Feb 25, 2011, 8:32 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan takes off from first base during a baserunning/defense drill. VIERA, Fla. — Sorry for the late posting this afternoon. The wireless internet at Space Coast Stadium (which had already been spotty all spring) completely went out today. So I've relocated to the Barry Svrluga Memorial Panera…
Feb 25, 2011, 3:04 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has "superstar potential," according to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — It's pretty clear the Nationals are going to enter the 2011 season with no set, everyday left fielder. What's not necessarily clear is how many different left fielders they'll have in the rotation. Three guys are…
Feb 24, 2011, 10:15 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Shuttle Discovery launches into orbit, as seen from Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — … and we have liftoff! Space Shuttle Discovery just launched from nearby Cape Canaveral, making its final journey into orbit before NASA discontinues the shuttle program later this year. Unfortunately, there was some…
Feb 24, 2011, 9:24 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis hopes to bounce back after a disastrous 2010. VIERA, Fla. — Jason Marquis knew something wasn’t quite right with his elbow, really, from the moment he started throwing in his first spring with the Nationals. The discomfort, though, didn’t prevent him from pitching altogether. And as…
Feb 24, 2011, 7:22 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Adam LaRoche takes some grounders from his knees. VIERA, Fla. — Baseball is taking a bit of a backseat today around here, for a handful of reasons: 1) The Players' Association delegation was in town this morning to hold its annual meeting, which ran nearly two hours and…
Feb 24, 2011, 3:26 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper won't have to wait long to make his spring training debut. The 18-year-old phenom is scheduled to appear in the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Monday against the Mets. Manager Jim Riggleman said Harper will be on the Nationals' travel squad for the 1:10 p.m. game in Port St. Lucie.…
Feb 23, 2011, 11:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER After spending the fall at Stanford, Drew Storen is back to baseball this spring. VIERA, Fla. — One evening in late October, Drew Storen wandered from his dorm room at Stanford University down to the dining hall on the ground floor, where a cafeteria-style dinner and a big-screen…
Feb 23, 2011, 9:14 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper hasn’t played an official minor-league game yet, but the Nationals’ 18-year-old phenom has already been named his sport’s top prospect. Baseball America released its annual Top 100 Prospects list on Wednesday and selected Harper No. 1 by a narrow margin over Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Harper, the first overall pick…
Feb 23, 2011, 7:08 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang's velocity was better today, but his command was off. VIERA, Fla. — Plenty of interesting nuggets out of today's workout, most of it from the several rounds of live batting practice that were taking place on side-by-side fields… Chien-Ming Wang faced live hitters for the first…
Feb 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jason Marquis will start the fourth game of the exhibition season. VIERA, Fla. — Jim Riggleman spent some time this morning behind closed doors with a handful of key players off his roster: Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, among others. The purpose of those meetings: To…
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