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  1. Learning when to get away from it all

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Davey Johnson offers instruction to Danny Espinosa at today's workout. VIERA, Fla. — Danny Espinosa has always been the baseball equivalent of a gym rat. Or, as they like to call themselves at Long Beach State, dirtbags. There's nowhere Espinosa would rather be than the ballfield. Unless he's…

  2. Solis to have Tommy John surgery [updated]

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    File photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Sammy Solis will need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. Updated at 4:52 p.m. VIERA, Fla. — Nationals pitching prospect Sammy Solis has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, an injury that will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, the club officially announced this afternoon.…

  3. Werth misses workout with back spasms

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Jayson Werth was held out of today's session for precautionary reasons. VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth was sidelined for this morning's workout, held out for precautionary reasons due to back spasms. Manager Davey Johnson wasn't overly concerned about what appears to be a minor tweak to his starting right fielder. "I'm not…

  4. The silent bulldog of the Nats’ rotation

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann pitches live batting practice during yesterday's workout. VIERA, Fla. — For all the attention lavished upon Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson and Chien-Ming Wang over the winter and so far this spring, there's one projected member of the Nationals rotation who always seems to get…

  5. Wang sharp throwing live BP

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang throws during live BP today. VIERA, Fla. — Though everyone on the pitching staff throws live batting practice, for most guys, it's merely another mundane part of spring training. For some, though, it carries more weight. Such is the case for Chien-Ming Wang. Though he's now…

  6. More details on Zimmerman’s contract

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — There have been a lot of numbers thrown around since yesterday about Ryan Zimmerman's contract extension, and there's been a bit of confusion over the total monetary value of the deal. Is it a six-year, $100 million extension? Is he guaranteed $126 million over the life of the contract? Or is it…

  7. Harper, Rendon likely to start this weekend

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper should get considerable playing time this spring. VIERA, Fla. — It doesn't look like the Nationals will have to wait too long to see their two most recent top draft picks in the starting lineup. Manager Davey Johnson suggested today that 2011 first-round pick Anthony Rendon will start at third…

  8. A manager secure with himself

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    US Presswire photo Davey Johnson has been popular with players this spring. VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have been holding formal workouts here for a week now, and one thing has become abundantly clear: A Davey Johnson-run spring training is not like most spring trainings. Johnson likes to do things a bit differently than his…

  9. Forever the Face of the Franchise

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:39 AM EDT

    Associated Press file photo Ryan Zimmerman has produced most of the memorable moments in Nationals history. VIERA, Fla. — There have been 33 nine-figure contracts handed out in baseball history, and far more of them proved disasters than raging successes. Yes, there's the occasional Derek Jeter deal. But there are way more Alfonso Sorianos and…

  10. Highlights from today’s live BP session

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    US Presswire photo Bryce Harper faced Drew Storen in live BP this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — Oh yeah, today's workout. Despite all the attention lavished upon Ryan Zimmerman and his new contract, there were 51 other players whose highlight of the day was not a formal news conference but a three-hour workout on the back…

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