Mar 2, 2012, 7:01 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals came to terms on 2012 contracts with 15 players who have less than three years' service time but were unable to agree on figures with closer Drew Storen and outfielder Roger Bernadina and thus "renewed" both players' contracts. The process for signing players who have yet to reach arbitration eligibility…
Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Coast Stadium hosts the Georgetown Hoyas this afternoon. VIERA, Fla. — Though the Nationals are sitting nearly all of their regulars, manager Davey Johnson is plenty interested to get a look at the players he'll be putting out there in his exhibition opener against Georgetown. That includes…
Mar 2, 2012, 3:16 PM EST
Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche is dealing with a mild ankle sprain and a surgically repaired shoulder. VIERA, Fla. — Though Adam LaRoche expressed a desire to make his game debut Sunday, it looks like the Nationals are going to take a more cautious approach with their veteran first baseman. Manager Davey Johnson said this…
Mar 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EST
US presswire photo Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo have plenty to evaluate over the next month. VIERA, Fla. — They've spent nearly two weeks taking batting practice, working on defensive fundamentals, performing baserunning drills and throwing bullpen sessions. Today, though, the Nationals shift into Phase 2 of spring training. Yes, it's time to start playing…
Mar 1, 2012, 10:19 PM EST
Associated Press photo Bryce Harper takes batting practice during today's workout. VIERA, Fla. — Rick Eckstein and Bryce Harper were having a conversation around the batting cage, talking about how to approach certain pitches in certain parts of the strike zone, when Harper brought up a prominent hurler from another NL East club he's sure…
Mar 1, 2012, 7:28 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Matt Purke will start for the Nationals tomorrow against Georgetown. VIERA, Fla. — Had he remained at TCU for his senior season, Matt Purke might very well have found himself pitching tomorrow against another college ballclub. Purke, though, elected to enter last summer's draft and sign with the…
Mar 1, 2012, 3:26 PM EST
Associated Press photo Adam LaRoche has missed the last two workouts with a minor ankle sprain. VIERA, Fla. — Hindered by a mild ankle sprain suffered during a baserunning drill, Adam LaRoche is not fully participating in today's workout at Space Coast Stadium, but the Nationals first baseman expects to make his Grapefruit League debut…
Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST
US Presswire file photo Could the MLB playoffs come to Nationals Park as soon as this year? VIERA, Fla. — Major League Baseball is expected to announce today that its plan to expand the postseason to include 10 total clubs will be implemented this season. Yes, with only one month to go until Opening Day,…
Feb 29, 2012, 11:58 PM EST
US Presswire photo Craig Stammen posted an 0.87 ERA in seven big-league appearances last season. VIERA, Fla. — It's easy to forget now, because of the emergence of Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann and the acquisition of Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson, but Craig Stammen was the Nationals' No. 3 starter only two years ago.…
Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EST
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Gio Gonzalez throws live BP today with Class AAA pitching coach Greg Booker watching. VIERA, Fla. — We've reached that inevitable point in spring training where everyone pines for the games to begin. There are only so many defensive drills and live BP guys can take before they…
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