Mar 2, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Rick Ankiel, once a pitching phenom, has resurrected his career as an outfielder. VIERA, Fla. — The newly acquired outfielder walked across the clubhouse, approached the young pitcher and extended his arm. “Hey, I’m Rick Ankiel,” he said. “Nice to meet you,” Stephen Strasburg replied. These kind of…
Mar 2, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Henry Rodriguez, the flame-throwing reliever acquired from Oakland in the Josh Willingham trade, arrived at Nationals camp today and believes it won’t take long to catch up to the rest of his new teammates. Rodriguez, 24, had been stuck in his native Venezuela the last two weeks waiting for his visa application…
Mar 2, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals announced this morning they’ve renewed the contracts of right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Tyler Clippard and come to terms with 18 other players who have less than three years of big-league experience. All members of the Nationals’ 40-man roster are now under contract for 2011. Zimmermann and Clippard were unable to…
Mar 2, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER The sun is back out in full force today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — It's another beautiful day in the paradise otherwise known as Viera. After yesterday's rain and menacing clouds, we've got bright sunshine today for the first of way too many meetings this season…
Mar 2, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Cla Meredith, signed by the Nationals over the winter after having bone chips removed from his elbow, now has a torn ligament that requires Tommy John surgery. Meredith, a Richmond native who pitched in college at VCU, will undergo the ligament replacement procedure today in Washington, according to a Nationals spokesman. Team…
Mar 1, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa watches his fourth-inning homer sail over the fence. VIERA, Fla. — It's probably not possible to establish an identity after only two spring training games, but the Nationals sure are trying their best. If there's any broad theme that can be taken out of their two…
Mar 1, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT
Photo courtesy Bill Scheuerman Bryce Harper connects for his first hit of the spring. VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper sat around his spring training apartment Monday night and rather than stewing over his two-strikeout debut for the Washington Nationals, took a more upbeat approach. “I went home and I started laughing about it, actually,” he…
Mar 1, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Shoulder soreness is preventing Adam LaRoche from playing the field for now. VIERA, Fla. — Adam LaRoche made his spring training debut for the Nationals today, but not at the first base position he's expected to man for at least the next two seasons. A case of shoulder…
Mar 1, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT
As surely you’ve noticed — and don’t call me Shirley! — this site suddenly looks very different. As part of its purchase of Nats Insider, CSNwashington.com has been planning a redesign of the site, the first stage of which took place today. This is only the first step of the process, and there will be…
Mar 1, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Rain is in the forecast today at Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — After more than two weeks of perfect weather, I suppose we were bound to experience some clouds and precipitation eventually. Sure enough, we've already had some sprinkles at Space Coast Stadium this morning, and there…
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