5 Things to Watch Closely with Stephen Strasburg During Spring Training

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5 Things to Watch Closely with Stephen Strasburg During Spring Training
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Pitchers and catchers have reported—it's finally time for baseball.

The Washington Nationals will be a team watched closely this spring, especially now that they've had the franchise's first winning season under their belts.

Much will be expected of them in 2013. That all starts with the preparations they made during spring training.

Stephen Strasburg, fresh off being shut down in early September of 2012, will be one of the most closely-monitored stars in camp.

With reports surfacing that he'll be without any sort of limits in terms of innings or games started (via ESPN), Strasburg's inevitable emergence as a legitimate ace has the potential to come at some point in 2013.

For that to happen, many things will have to occur this spring. Without the proper conditioning prior to the season, it's hard for any player to be in the shape necessary to perform.

Strasburg will be asked to do that and more as he prepares to lead the Nationals to the NL East crown once again.

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