Unlike 2012, the Nationals' pitching staff is at full force entering the playoffs.
Both areas were weaknesses last season, and before that, and the Nationals have so far been better this year.
The Nats are hoping for good news, but the second opinion is usually a precursor to Tommy John surgery.
To break up the monotony of spring training, Nationals coaches added a competitive element to pitchers practicing their bunting.
The reliever tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance since returning from the minors.
The Nationals manager wants his pitching staff to improve at holding runners on base.
Bullpen sessions from Dan Haren and Ryan Perry provided insight on how both pitchers are attacking the spring.
Rafael Soriano has not been spotted at Nationals spring training, and team officials have stayed mum.
Christian Garcia is waiting to see how he'll become a starter, and Stephen Strasburg throws a sterling first bullpen session.
The Nationals reliever had a faced a long path to recovery since his 2011 rotator cuff surgery and insists he is healthy again.