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Rain shortens workouts in Viera; Matt Williams says Nationals won’t shift more in 2015

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — VIERA, Fla. — As it drizzled, rained, slowed, and repeated at Space Coast Stadium Saturday morning, the Nationals opted to cancel their scheduled full-squad workout. Players still hit in the...
  • 17 hr 21 min ago

Is the Nationals’ lineup too right-handed?

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — One of the biggest effects of allowing Adam LaRoche to leave via free agency and giving first base to Ryan Zimmerman is the impact on the lineup. The Nationals ranked 10th in the majors last...
  • 20 hr 6 min ago

Notes from Nationals’ second day of full team workouts

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — On the second day of full squad workouts, temperatures dipped to the low 50s with brisk winds. The few days before, the temperature was in the 70s. That may not draw much sympathy from fans in...
  • 1 day 15 hr ago

Yunel Escobar on his past reputation: ‘I’ve matured’

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, FLA. — Before Yunel Escobar arrived at Nationals camp this week, questions surrounded him about his adjustments to a new team and position, and his character. With his actions and...
  • 1 day 23 hr ago

Matt Williams not shying away from ‘the ultimate goal’

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — VIERA, Fla. — On the posted schedule for each day of spring training, Matt Williams includes a quote. For the team’s first full-roster workout Thursday, he chose “the road to the...
  • 2 days ago

Jayson Werth still cautiously hoping to play on opening day

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, FLA. — The most veteran player on the Nationals’ roster was mostly a spectator during Thursday’s first full-team workouts. Jayson Werth ran through the conditioning...
  • 2 days ago

Chat with James Wagner and Chelsea Janes

The Washington Post (Tracee Hamilton) — James Wagner and Chelsea Janes will chat live from Viera at 1 p.m. Get your questions ready and join them.
  • 2 days ago

Mike Carp arrives at camp, could earn key bench role

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) —   VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals have their first full-squad workout Thursday morning. For the first time this spring, the team will have all projected and potential members of its 25-man...
  • 2 days ago

Bryce Harper says he will ‘play smarter’ in 2015

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Bryce Harper said many noteworthy things in his energetic interview Wednesday afternoon. Some might say a few of those things – like his reaction to signing Max Scherzer...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals’ Bryce Harper: ‘I’m going to bring back a title to D.C.’

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals camp Wednesday morning. By midday, he was at batting practice with his teammates. He was hitting so many Matt Williams tosses out that the Nationals manager...
  • 3 days ago

All Nationals players have reported, plus injury updates and notes

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Nationals position players had their physicals Wednesday, and everyone passed without incident. Those who had yet to make appearances — Wilmer Difo, Yunel Escobar, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth —...
  • 3 days ago

After Silver Slugger-winning season, Anthony Rendon hopes to keep it simple in 2015

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Anthony Rendon arrived at Nationals camp a few days before players were required to report and spent a few low-key days lifting and hitting at Space Coast Stadium. He didn’t speak to...
  • 3 days ago

Farerwell to Flynnie

The Washington Post (Tracee Hamilton) — Word reached me via natsfan1a — who got it from section3mysofa, who posted it on another blog — that Flynnie passed away on Feb. 20. Flynnie’s wife told section3mysofa that he...
  • 3 days ago

Blake Treinen makes an impression…again.

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Blake Treinen is doing it again. He did this last year, too. If he keeps this up, he’ll probably force the Nationals into a tough decision some time in the next month or so. As he did last...
  • 3 days ago

Matt Williams on when he’ll do Babe Ruth impression: ‘I have no idea.’

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — VIERA, Fla. — As a precursor to what is arguably the most important news to come out of Viera Tuesday — Matt Williams saying he would not set a date for the Babe Ruth impression he...
  • 4 days ago

Trea Turner, Nationals’ PTBN, reports to Padres’ big league camp

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Trea Turner, the Nationals’ “player to be named” in the three-team Steven Souza Jr. trade in December, reported to the Padres’ big league spring training in Peoria, Ariz.,...
  • 4 days ago

Ryan Zimmerman says he’s healthy, ready to prove he can play first base

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — The second-winningest season in the history of the Washington Nationals came, in large part, without the on-field contributions of the consensus face of the franchise. Beset by injuries, Ryan...
  • 4 days ago

Erik Davis throws off a mound, the next step in his long recovery from Tommy John surgery

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Right-handed reliever Erik Davis did something Tuesday he hadn’t done without pain in more than a year: he ascended a mound, put a foot on the pitching rubber, wound, and threw. Then he did...
  • 4 days ago

Ryan Zimmerman, slated to be everyday first baseman, does extra work there

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — Sometime around 8 a.m. Monday morning, Ryan Zimmerman ambled into the Space Coast Stadium clubhouse in a camouflage University of Virginia hat, greeted a few teammates, and paused to check out the...
  • 5 days ago
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Ian Desmond on his contract status and improving in 2015

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Before he took his first grounders at Space Coast Stadium after reporting to spring training Monday morning, Ian Desmond ran to the third base line and gave one of the grounds crew workers a big...
  • 5 days ago
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