1. Zimmerman Gets First-Ever Work at First Base

    Ryan Zimmerman went through his first-ever defensive drill at first base Tuesday morning, learning how to pick throws in the dirt as the former Gold Glove third baseman begins the slow process of familiarizing himself with a new position...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 4 months ago 16 reads 0 comments

  2. Mattheus Day-to-Day with Inflammation in His Chest

    An MRI taken yesterday afternoon has revealed that Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus has costochondritis, which is inflammation of the cartilage that attaches the ribs to the breastbone...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 4 months ago 62 reads 0 comments

  3. A Position-by-Position Breakdown of the Washington Nationals at Spring Training

    As the arrival of the 2014 MLB season approaches, expectations couldn't be any higher for the Washington Nationals ...

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  4. The Nationals' Pitchers Had a Hitting Contest

    Eleven days have passed since pitchers officially reported to spring training. The first Grapefruit League game will not happen until Friday...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 116 reads 0 comments

  5. Harper Will Remain in Left Field for Now

    Despite his relative lack of experience, Bryce Harper has already seen considerable playing time at all three outfield spots with the Nationals...

    Kevin Driscoll Written by Kevin Driscoll about 5 months ago 109 reads 0 comments

  6. Clippard Returns from Back Injury, Throws in Bullpen

    Tyler Clippard threw off a bullpen mound today, showing no ill effects of a minor back injury that had sidelined him nearly a week ago...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 36 reads 1 comments

  7. Detwiler Glad to Be Facing Live Hitters Again

    VIERA, Fla. — Ross Detwiler hasn't faced big-league hitters since July, when a lingering back injury prematurely ended his 2013 season...

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  8. The Nationals Are Giving Danny Espinosa a Raise

    Danny Espinosa missed a substantial pay day last fall when the Nationals chose not to call him up, but the team voluntarily gave him a small raise for the coming season...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 87 reads 0 comments

  9. Prospects Describe What It's Like to Face Strasburg

    There's no rhyme or reason why certain batters face certain pitchers during live BP at Nationals camp. Matt Williams and his staff don't try to set up particular matchups; they simply ...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 81 reads 0 comments

  10. Clippard Returns, Mattheus Ailing

    Just as one member of the Nationals bullpen is returning to full strength, another is being shut down due to injury...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 30 reads 0 comments

  11. Zimmermann Isn't Concerned About Signing a Long-Term Extension

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January. The right-hander, who has finished each of the past three seasons with an ERA of 3...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Agustin Gonzalez about 5 months ago 36 reads 0 comments

  12. Moore Happy, Comfortable Back at First Base

    VIERA, Fla. — Tyler Moore played first base at Mississippi State. He played first base as he ascended through the Nationals ' farm system...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 54 reads 0 comments

  13. Span Hopes to Pick Up Where He Left off

    For all the discussion of Matt Williams' lineup decisions — whether Bryce Harper hits third or fifth, whether Jayson Werth hits second or fourth, etc...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 38 reads 0 comments

  14. Espinosa Works More at SS Than 2B on First Day

    Read into it as much or as little as you like, but it didn't go unnoticed Thursday that Danny Espinosa spent more time at shortstop than second base during the Nationals ' first full-squad workout of the spring...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 36 reads 0 comments

  15. Zim Ready for Reps at First, but Confident at Third

    VIERA, Fla. — Though he acquired a first baseman's mitt over the winter and is ready to take some reps on the other side of the diamond this spring, Ryan Zimmerman is confident ...

    Kevin Conti Written by Kevin Conti about 5 months ago 32 reads 0 comments

  16. Williams Curious About MLB's New Challenge System

    VIERA, Fla. — Though final details have yet to be revealed by Major League Baseball, Matt Williams is curious to see how the sport's new replay system will be utilized, with the ...

    Kevin Conti Written by Kevin Conti about 5 months ago 22 reads 0 comments

  17. How Adding a Slider Could Take Stephen Strasburg to the Next Level

    For a pitcher who already throws a fastball that can touch 100 mph when it's not breaking bats thanks to heavy sink, a curveball with such hard snap that it can break legs and a changeup ...

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  18. The Importance of Danny Espinosa

    In 2011, it appeared that Danny Espinosa was the future at second base for the Washington Nationals . Espinosa started at second base for the club and the switch-hitting rookie hit ...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 53 reads 0 comments

  19. Stephen Strasburg Is Working on a Slider

    It started with conversations last season, when Stephen Strasburg asked Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren about they threw their slider and cutter. It evolved this offseason, when Strasburg fiddled with a grip and a release...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Scott Semmler about 5 months ago 248 reads 0 comments

  20. New-Look LaRoche Ready to Put 2013 Behind Him

    On the heels of a hugely disappointing season, Adam LaRoche has plenty of reason to approach the upcoming year as a fresh start...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 50 reads 0 comments

  21. Jose Lobaton Learning the Nationals' Pitching Staff — and Their Names

    The names are the hardest part for Jose Lobaton. It's still too early in spring training for the Nationals ' new backup catcher to worry much about handling their pitching staff. For now, he's still trying identify the people throwing baseballs to him...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 54 reads 0 comments

  22. Fister, Solis Impress; Jeroloman Almost Ready for Workouts

    There's only so much you can take out of bullpen sessions early in spring. There's no one standing in the batter's box. There's no umpire. There are only a couple dozen people watching on instead of 30,000...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 51 reads 0 comments

  23. Williams Likens Prospect Skole's Power to Thome

    Matt Skole doesn't figure into the Nationals ' immediate plans, and his stint in big-league camp this spring likely won't last long...

    Zachary Petersel Written by Zachary Petersel about 5 months ago 36 reads 0 comments

  24. Soriano Starts Camp 10 Pounds Lighter

    A month had passed since the end of his first year with the Washington Nationals , and the blemishes of the season still preoccupied Rafael Soriano. “I was going crazy,” he said...

    Alexandra Irving Written by Alexandra Irving about 5 months ago 46 reads 0 comments

  25. Aerial Shot of Washington Nationals Warming Up Is Superb

    Spring Training photos, where you either get a shot of Peter Abraham's work station or something worthy of a frame. You simply never know what MLB beat writers will gift you with in the months leading up to opening day, but this? This is art...

    Mike  Denevi Written by Mike Denevi about 5 months ago 65 reads 0 comments