Nationals Journal: Spring Training


Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Mark Lerner: Nationals to stay in Viera at least one or two more years

The Nationals still negotiating with Palm Beach County officials about relocating spring training there.

By James Wagner  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Revisiting the top story lines -- expected and surprises -- of spring training

What were the three things came true during camp? What three things were the most surprising?

By James Wagner  |  07:15 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Blake Treinen cut from Nationals camp

The right-handed prospect improved his stock more than perhaps any Nationals player with his spring training showing.

By Adam Kilgore and James Wagner  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/23/2014

The Nationals win challenge on stolen base call

For the first time this spring, Matt Williams challenged a call and got it reversed.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Nationals, Spring Training

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Doug Fister dominant, healthy in return

In his first major league game in 20 days, the Nationals starter breezed through 3 2/3 innings and looked ready for the season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Injuries, Rotation, Spring Training

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Nationals-Tigers lineups and discussion thread

Stephen Strasburg will face Max Scherzer as the Nationals use another variation of a regular-season lineup.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:04 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lineups, Spring Training, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Nationals cut infielder Zach Walters after strong spring

The Nationals sent Zach Walters to minor league camp.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bench, Minor leagues, Spring Training, Zach Walters

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Manny Delcarmen is trying to make it back with the Nationals

After years of coming back from an odd injury, Manny Delcarmen has been sharp this spring and may eventually help the Nationals.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Manny Delcarmen, Relievers, Spring Training

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Tanner Roark makes major statement in minor league game

In a minor league game, Tanner Roark helped his cause in the competition for the Nationals’ final rotation spot.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:41 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spring Training, starting rotation, Tanner Roark

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Nationals observations on an off day

While the Nationals are away from Space Coast Stadium for a day, here are some assorted thoughts and notes.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Brian Goodwin, Sammy Solis, Eury Perez and Steven Souza Jr. among big-league camp cuts

Several of the organization’s top prospects were cut from major league camp.

By James Wagner  |  03:04 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Minor leagues, prospects, Spring Training

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Doug Fister feels tightness after playing catch, Friday bullpen still scheduled

The right-hander is scheduled to throw a Friday bullpen session, his first since his elbow discomfort first appeared.

By James Wagner  |  11:52 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Injuries, Spring Training, starting rotation

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Matt Purke and Michael Taylor among six cuts from Nationals camp

Major league camp is down to 49 players now.

By James Wagner  |  11:12 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Minor leagues, prospects, Spring Training

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Ryan Zimmerman will sit out Nationals’ next two games

Third baseman says he would play if it were the regular season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:01 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Ryan Zimmerman, Spring Training

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/12/2014

A.J. Cole and Felipe Rivero reassigned to minor league camp

Rivero is optioned to Class AA Harrisburg and Cole is reassigned to minor league camp.

By James Wagner  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  prospects, Spring Training

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Doug Fister feels fine after playing catch, and notes on Ryan Mattheus, Michael Gonzalez

The right-handed starter played catch on Tuesday morning for the first time since feeling tightness in his elbow.

By James Wagner  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Michael Gonzalez, Ryan Mattheus, Spring Training

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Michael Gonzalez reports to camp: ‘It feels like I never left’

The veteran left-handed reliever said he chose the Nationals over four other teams because he felt comfortable with Washington.

By James Wagner  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, left-handed relievers, Michael Gonzalez, Relievers, Spring Training

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Doug Fister to rest with elbow inflammation

Tanner Roark will make replacement start Friday against the Houston Astros in Viera.

By James Wagner  |  10:21 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Spring Training, starting rotation

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Jayson Werth on the Nationals being ‘aggressive’ baserunners

The Nationals right fielder has a similar offensive philosophy to the new manager. Also, an update on his minor right bicep strain.

By James Wagner  |  01:50 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baserunning, Jayson Werth, matt williams, Spring Training

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Doug Fister to make first Nationals start on Sunday -- and other notes

The towering right-hander will take the mound on Sunday in Viera against the Marlins.

By James Wagner  |  01:41 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Spring Training

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Nationals at Mets updates and discussion thread: Spring Game 1

Taylor Jordan vs. Rafael Montero in Matt Williams’ first game in a Nationals uniform.

By James Wagner  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discussion thread, Spring Training

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Nationals safe and secure during nearby gunman scare in Viera

The Nationals are safe and secure as a gunman walked outside a nearby courthouse in Viera.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:55 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Wilson Ramos’s spring power display, and his planned usage during the season

The catcher hit the scoreboard beyond left field perhaps 450-foot homers during batting practice.

By James Wagner  |  02:20 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Catchers, Spring Training, wilson ramos

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Felipe Rivero, acquired in Jose Lobaton-Nate Karns trade, adjusting to the Nationals

The Nationals are bullish on the 22-year-old left-handed starter from Venezuela.

By James Wagner  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Felipe Rivero, Minor leagues, Spring Training

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Nationals sign all 17 pre-arbitration players -- plus other workout notes

All players on the Nationals’ 40-man roster have finalized contract terms for 2014.

By James Wagner  |  06:51 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Ryan Mattheus dealing with chest inflammation

The reliever’s chance of earning a bullpen spot may suffer a setback.

By James Wagner  |  10:13 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ryan Mattheus, Spring Training

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 02/24/2014

The Nationals’ first lineup, injury updates, etc.

With only three practices left before their Grapefruit League opener, a lineup for the game vs. the Mets is planned.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:20 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  grapefruit league, Lineups, Spring Training

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/24/2014

The Nationals’ pitchers had a hitting contest

To break up the monotony of spring training, Nationals coaches added a competitive element to pitchers practicing their bunting.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Pitchers, Spring Training, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Stephen Strasburg makes an impression, Ross Detwiler’s cutter cuts, Bryce Harper almost hits one over a pond

Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler worked on new pitches during the Nationals’ live batting practice.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:14 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, ross detwiler, Spring Training, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Nationals’ updated spring training broadcast schedule

MLB Network, ESPN and MASN will air 14 different Nationals spring training games.

By James Wagner  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 02/15/2014

Nate McLouth comfortable with role, excited to join Nationals

Nate McLouth could have earned more playing time elsewhere, but he joined the Nationals, anyway.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:49 PM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 02/15/2014

Bryce Harper ‘full go’ to start Nationals spring training

In the wake of November knee surgery, the outfielder will have no restrictions as full workouts open.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:06 PM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 02/15/2014

Nationals pitchers and catchers ready for first workout; Josh Roenicke got an assist from Ian Desmond

As the Nationals prepare for their first workout of spring, Josh Roenicke is glad to be here.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:42 AM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pitchers and catchers, Spring Training

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/15/2014

Ex-congressman Mark Foley helping Nationals find spring training home in Palm Beach County

The former congressman is lobbying on the Nationals’ behalf in Palm Beach County, which wants to attract more teams for spring training.

By James Wagner  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 02/12/2014

The Nationals’ new motto?

The Nats have a new sign posted outside their clubhouse as players trickle into camp ahead of report date.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:33 PM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/12/2014

Top 10 story lines entering Nationals spring training

Matt Williams’ effect, the health of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa’s role and the fifth starter’s spot will be among the most important keys to camp.

By James Wagner  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Boswell chats on eve of spring training

Thomas Boswell chats live on the eve of spring training

By Tracee Hamilton  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Little clarity on Nationals’ spring training future

As the Nationals are set to begin their 10th spring training in Viera, a hopeful Fort Myers proposal fizzled again.

By James Wagner  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Matt Williams has mapped out every day of Nationals spring training

The new manager has all 41 days of spring training mapped out down to the minute detail. And some players welcome that approach.

By James Wagner  |  03:18 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Nationals non-roster invitees include Brian Goodwin, A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen

The Nationals will invite 18 players not on the 40-man roster to big league camp.

By James Wagner  |  04:21 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A.J. Cole, Blake Treinen, brian goodwin, Minor leagues, Spring Training

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Nationals spring training broadcast schedule

MASN will air six Nationals spring training games.

By James Wagner  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Nationals announce spring training schedule

The Nationals will play 31 spring games, 14 at Space Coast Stadium.

By James Wagner  |  06:39 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Fort Myers reemerges as spring training option, officials to meet with Nationals

City of Palms Park in Fort Myers is back into consideration -- with a developer in the fold.

By James Wagner  |  11:34 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Osceola County rejects Nationals' spring training plan (updated)

The Nationals are dealt a blow in their efforts to leave Viera.

By James Wagner  |  10:01 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Nationals' talks with Osceola County hit a snag

Osceola County was scheduled to consider a $98-million, two-team project in Kissimmee, but voted to delay any approval.

By James Wagner  |  01:53 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Nationals ask Brevard County to break Space Coast Stadium lease

The proposal wasn't considered by Brevard County but reveals that the Nationals want to leave Viera after 2014 season.

By James Wagner  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Nationals may be eyeing Kissimmee and Osceola County for new spring training sites

The Nationals have long been exploring future spring training sites and another one may have emerged.

By James Wagner  |  02:16 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 03/29/2013

The Nationals had a great spring

Now that spring is over, the Nationals can feel fortunate about how they came through March.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:47 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Gio Gonzalez dominates in final outing, says Nats are 'already mentally in D.C.'

The Nationals' Grapefruit League schedule in the books as a win over the Mets gives them a 13-17-2 record.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:08 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, Spring Training

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Nats make a 12-year-old's wish come true at spring training

Logan Gear, whose cancer is in remission, gets to visit with his favorite players in spring training.

By James Wagner  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 03/17/2013

Jhonatan Solano, a catcher, played left field. Yes, left field.

In an amusing spring training moment, catcher Jonatan Solano is forced into action in left field and makes several plays.

By James Wagner  |  06:41 PM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Catchers, Jhonatan Solano, Spring Training

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 03/10/2013

Dan Haren works inside, and with Wilson Ramos

The two teammates are learning to work together, especially as the right-handed starter practicing throwing inside.

By James Wagner  |  06:44 PM ET, 03/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dan haren, Spring Training, wilson ramos

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Nate Karns debuts and impresses

The Nationals' minor league pitcher of the year makes his first spring training appearance and impresses with two scoreless innings.

By James Wagner  |  11:22 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nate Karns, prospects, Spring Training

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Mike Rizzo thinks the Nationals are in shape, and other notes

Mike Rizzo likes the Nationals' physical condition, and two young sluggers continue to impress.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:12 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 02/17/2013

Cole Kimball's improvement and other notes from the first full team workout

Cole Kimball's improvement and other notes from the first full team workout

By James Wagner  |  04:08 PM ET, 02/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Notes from the Nationals' first workout

Rain began as the last round of Nationals' pitcher threw their bullpen sessions. Observations of Christian Garcia, the morning team meeting and Stephen Strasburg.

By James Wagner  |  04:10 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Christian Garcia's new role, Stephen Strasburg's first bullpen session

Christian Garcia is waiting to see how he'll become a starter, and Stephen Strasburg throws a sterling first bullpen session.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:34 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christian Garcia, Pitchers, Spring Training, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Mark Lerner on Gio Gonzalez, payroll, Mike Rizzo, MASN dispute

The Nationals principal owner talked about a range of issues concerning the team after an event in Washington this afternoon.

By James Wagner  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Lerner, rafael soriano, Spring Training

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Still no clarity on Nationals' spring training future

The team continues to explore its options outside of the somewhat remote location of Viera, Fla.

By James Wagner  |  04:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space Coast Stadium, Spring Training, Viera

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Nationals' spring training game times announced

Major League Baseball announced spring training game times, and the Nationals will host day games at 1:05 p.m. and night games at 6:05 p.m.

By James Wagner  |  11:51 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Nationals officially announce minor league deals, spring training invitations, report dates

The Nationals announced a rash of spring training and minor league news, including non-roster invitees, signings and player report dates.

By James Wagner  |  03:56 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Brevard County wants Nationals to stay, sides to meet on Jan. 25

The Nationals have explored options outside of Viera for a new spring training home -- but local officials want them to stay and will meet soon to talk.

By James Wagner  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Nationals to host Yankees in exhibition game at Nationals Park

The Nationals will host the Yankees in Washington for an exhibition game on March 29, two days before the season opener at home.

By James Wagner  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Nationals announce earlier spring training game schedule

The Nationals will open their spring training game schedule on Feb. 23, earlier than usual because of the World Baseball Classic.

By James Wagner  |  01:26 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Nationals trickling into Viera as spring training nears

With pitchers and catchers set to report Sunday, many Nationals have already shown up at the team’s facility in Viera.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:18 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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