Feb 15, 2011, 9:55 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman lobbied the Nationals hard, for nearly a year, to re-sign Adam Dunn. And when the Nats allowed Dunn to walk away and sign a four-year deal with the White Sox, the “Face of the Franchise” was outspoken in his disappointment. Zimmerman, though, insists his disappointment wasn’t over the Nationals’ roster…
Feb 15, 2011, 8:51 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Ryan Mattheus was one of a handful of Nats throwing in the bullpen today. VIERA, Fla. — There wasn't a whole lot of actual baseball activity on reporting day. Most guys simply showed up at some point, dropped their belongings off, caught up with teammates and then left…
Feb 15, 2011, 2:45 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium is abuzz with activity today. VIERA, Fla. — Ah, is there anything better than typing out that dateline for the first time this year? OK, maybe there is, but you know what I mean. Pitchers and catchers reporting day has arrived, as has your trusty…
Feb 14, 2011, 2:31 PM EST
Well, it's that time once again. Across Florida and Arizona, infields are being carefully raked, BP jerseys are being hung inside clubhouses and pitchers and catchers from every organization are reporting for spring training. Guess what, everyone: It's baseball season. And if that doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will.…
Feb 12, 2011, 3:27 PM EST
When the Nationals released Elijah Dukes last spring, it was appropriate to wonder whether the talented-but-troubled outfielder would ever get another opportunity to play in the major leagues. Nearly one year later, that opportunity has yet to come, and it's pretty clear it will never come for Dukes, who at 26 is now embarking on…
Feb 11, 2011, 4:20 PM EST
Photo by Bob Youngentob for CSNwashington.com Livan Hernandez is the least of the Nationals' worries entering spring training. There are plenty of uncertainties surrounding the Nationals heading into the start of spring training next week, and plenty of time and ink and pixels will be devoted to them. There are, however, a handful of certainties…
Feb 10, 2011, 10:18 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg has taken a crucial step in his long, slow recovery from Tommy John surgery. The Nationals right-hander recently began throwing for the first time since wincing in pain upon throwing his final pitch in Philadelphia last August, a club official confirmed. Strasburg, who has been rehabbing all winter near his home in San…
Feb 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EST
The Nationals are finalizing a contract that would allow them to move their flagship radio station to WJFK (106.7 FM) while keeping games on WFED (1500 AM) as an affiliate station, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal. The new radio contract is awaiting final approval by Nats ownership, but the sides already have…
Feb 9, 2011, 3:52 PM EST
File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER We talked yesterday about life around Space Coast Stadium and what you can expect to see this spring if you're headed down that way. Today, let's talk about what you can expect when you're not at the Nationals' spring training complex. Viera has grown considerably since the…
Feb 8, 2011, 10:18 PM EST
Hector Taveras, a 22-year-old catcher in the Nationals’ farm system, has been suspended 25 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Taveras, who played last season in the rookie Gulf Coast League, will begin serving his suspension on Opening Day. His punishment is not for testing positive for any performance enhancing…
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