Feb 20, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It’s been nearly two years since Mike Rizzo became acting general manager of the Nationals following the abrupt resignation of Jim Bowden in the middle of spring training. In the two years since, Rizzo has guided the franchise through a number of changes on and off the field and last fall was…
Feb 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Sean Burnett delivers a pitch during his bullpen session. VIERA, Fla. — Upon arriving at Space Coast Stadium at 8:15 this morning, I didn't think there was any chance the Nationals would be able to start their workout on time. A dense fog blanketed the entire area and…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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