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  1. Accelerated camp roster

    Feb 27, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Though minor-league spring training doesn't begin until mid-March, the Nationals invite a roster full of their top prospects to come to town early and participate in an "accelerated development camp." These are mostly younger prospects, guys who aren't ready for big-league camp quite yet, plus a handful of veteran minor leaguers who…

  2. Two years later, Flores ready to play

    Feb 27, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jesus Flores has participated fully in camp and is ready to play in games. VIERA, Fla. — Sometime during tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener in Port St. Lucie, Bryce Harper will trot out of the Nationals’ dugout and assume his position in right field. All eyes will focus on…

  3. How many bullpen spots available?

    Feb 27, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard is assured of a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. VIERA, Fla. — We're nearly two weeks into camp now and the Nationals are still waiting for one of their key offseason acquisitions to arrive. Henry Rodriguez, the flamethrowing right-hander picked up from the A's in…

  4. Thoughts on Wang and Harper

    Feb 26, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Chien-Ming Wang took another positive step today. VIERA, Fla. — The biggest development of the day at Nationals camp was Chien-Ming Wang's continued progression. He looked sharp during his live BP session, and he's slated to pitch an inning or two in a minor-league intrasquad game on Friday.…

  5. Another MRI for Meredith

    Feb 26, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    VIERA, Fla. — Cla Meredith's chance of making the Nationals' bullpen, already long when camp started, has become even more unlikely. Meredith, who had to cut his first bullpen session short last week after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired right elbow, had another setback yesterday that required another MRI. The results of that test…

  6. Wang to face minor-leaguers Friday

    Feb 26, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Read my updated story, with observations from today's live BP session and quotes from Chien-Ming Wang and Steve McCatty, on VIERA, Fla. — Chien-Ming Wang, attempting to pitch for the Nationals this season after missing all of 2010 recovering from shoulder surgery, will make his first spring training appearance next week against minor leaguers.…

  7. A DP combo with "swagger"

    Feb 26, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond have become friends on and off the field. VIERA, Fla. — Ask Ian Desmond which of Danny Espinosa’s qualities he wishes he possessed, and the Nationals’ young shortstop gives a surprising answer. “He’s got a little more swagger than I’ve got,” Desmond said.…

  8. Friday afternoon observations

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Nyjer Morgan takes off from first base during a baserunning/defense drill. VIERA, Fla. — Sorry for the late posting this afternoon. The wireless internet at Space Coast Stadium (which had already been spotty all spring) completely went out today. So I've relocated to the Barry Svrluga Memorial Panera…

  9. Room for Bernadina and Ankiel?

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Roger Bernadina has "superstar potential," according to Jim Riggleman. VIERA, Fla. — It's pretty clear the Nationals are going to enter the 2011 season with no set, everyday left fielder. What's not necessarily clear is how many different left fielders they'll have in the rotation. Three guys are…

  10. 3, 2, 1 …

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Space Shuttle Discovery launches into orbit, as seen from Space Coast Stadium. VIERA, Fla. — … and we have liftoff! Space Shuttle Discovery just launched from nearby Cape Canaveral, making its final journey into orbit before NASA discontinues the shuttle program later this year. Unfortunately, there was some…



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