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Ryan Zimmerman exits early, Drew Storen returns, Jordan Zimmermann talks contract

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — First baseman Ryan Zimmerman exited Friday’s game after two innings because he “banged himself a little bit” on his side diving for a play in the first...
  • 12 hr 8 min ago

Nationals reassign six from big league camp, and other notes

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals reassigned six players to minor league camp, all headed to Class AAA Syracuse: infielder-outfielder Kila Ka’aihue, outfielder Derrick Robinson, right-hander...
  • 12 hr 12 min ago

Nationals-Cardinals lineups and discussion thread

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper is back in the lineup on Friday against the Cardinals after dealing with a stomach bug. Yunel Escobar is playing on the minor league side so Dan Uggla starts at...
  • 17 hr 43 min ago

Nationals continue to move toward new spring training facility

The Washington Post (Chelsea Janes) — For the Nationals, spring training requires patience. It’s a grueling seven-week stretch with little deviation from one day to the next, a routine that takes a mental and physical toll on...
  • 19 hr 22 min ago

How the Nationals may use Tanner Roark this season

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Over the past week, the Nationals have shown how they may use Tanner Roark this season. Roark will pitch out of the bullpen — barring injuries to any Nationals’...
  • 21 hr 31 min ago

Jayson Werth’s opening day status remains in question, and other notes

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Jayson Werth continues to play games in the minor leagues but defense only. He has yet to swing a bat in a game, Manager Matt Williams said, because Werth feels soreness in his...
  • 1 day 11 hr ago

Nationals-Mets lineups and discussion thread

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Bryce Harper is out of the lineup with a stomach bug. He took light swings on Thursday but was sent home to rest. He is expected back on Friday, Manager Matt Williams said....
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Chat about the Nats with Chelsea Janes

The Washington Post (Tracee Hamilton) — Chelsea Janes is chatting live online now about the Nationals, if you feel like joining in.
  • 1 day 16 hr ago

Nationals interested in Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — The Nationals have serious interest in Cuban right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 18-year-old burst onto the international market over the...
  • 1 day 18 hr ago

With Anthony Rendon’s status up in the air, who will play third base?

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Anthony Rendon’s left knee is still bugging him when he twists it so, after a second MRI showed healing but not enough yet, his status for opening day is in question....
  • 1 day 21 hr ago

Max Scherzer strikes out nine Cardinals, continuing strong spring play

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — JUPITER, Fla. — Max Scherzer has been terrific this spring. He made his fifth start on Wednesday and delivered another strong outing. Facing a Cardinals’ lineup of regulars, he struck...
  • 2 days ago

Stephen Strasburg on Max Scherzer getting opening day start

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — JUPITER, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was in the training room on Monday, getting treatment on his twisted ankle before going outside to throw, when Manager Matt Williams came in to talk to him....
  • 2 days ago

Anthony Rendon undergoes second MRI on knee, opening day status ‘in jeopardy’

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — JUPITER, Fla. — Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon felt discomfort in his left knee while testing it out Tuesday, putting his status for opening day on April 6 in further...
  • 2 days ago

Nationals-Cardinals lineups and discussion thread

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — JUPITER, Fla. — The Nationals take on the Cardinals on Wednesday and Max Scherzer makes his penultimate start of the spring. Yunel Escobar is slated to play five innings at second base and...
  • 2 days ago

How Tony Gwynn Jr. fixed his swing and could crack the Nationals roster

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Last year was a blur for Tony Gwynn Jr. He remembers little. His father, Tony Sr., one of the greatest hitters and most beloved figures in baseball history, died last...
  • 2 days ago

Rafael Martin is turning heads with his slider

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Across the organization, the Nationals use a tracking system that measures detailed and granular information about pitching, such as the revolutions per minutes of a baseball. Spin, of course,...
  • 3 days ago

Why Yunel Ecsobar twirls his bat, whistles while he plays

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — For many Nationals fans, Monday was the first chance to see Yunel Escobar play. And watching Escobar play, even once, is an experience. Escobar has always been known for...
  • 3 days ago

Yunel Escobar plays first game; Heath Bell released

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — After missing two and half weeks with a minor oblique strain, Yunel Escobar made his spring debut in a 7-6 win over the Yankees on a soggy Monday afternoon. Escobar played...
  • 4 days ago

Anthony Rendon’s knee remains sore, opening day status in question

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — VIERA, Fla. — Two weeks since he banged his left knee and suffered what was called a “mild” MCL sprain, Anthony Rendon’s knee is still sore, according to Manager Matt...
  • 4 days ago

Max Scherzer named Washington Nationals’ opening day starter

The Washington Post (James Wagner) — Max Scherzer will be the Washington Nationals’ starting pitcher on opening day, when they take on the New York Mets on April 6 at Nationals Park. Manager Matt Williams announced the decision...
  • 4 days ago