By my unofficial count, 16 of those 23 position players have arrived at the Nationals’ complex, including every projected member of the opening day lineup aside from left fielder Michael Morse. The high attendance may represent the way the Nationals are approaching 2012.

“It’s great,” shortstop Ian Desmond said. “Everyone kind of feels a certain energy about this season. We talked to each other in the offseason, and everyone is chomping at the bit to get out here. It’s nice to get in early and see where everyone is at, just kind of be around the guys again. That’s the way all baseball players are. They’re anxious to get back to that fraternity-type lifestyle.”

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

OF Rick Ankiel

OF Roger Bernadina

IF Andres Blanco

OF Corey Brown

SS Ian Desmond

2B Danny Espinosa

OF Bryce Harper

IF Jarrett Hoffpauir*

1B Adam LaRoche

IF Steve Lombardozzi

1B Tyler Moore

IF Anthony Rendon

OF Mark Teahen

IF Chad Tracy

OF Jayson Werth

3B Ryan Zimmerman


Boz spins stories from the first day of camp, maybe the most relaxed day of the year.

Straddling adolescence and adulthood, Bryce Harper aims to make the leap to the majors.


Ryan Zimmerman’s extended take on Harper

Davey Johnson excited to get going

Harper plans to shut his mouth and work hard

The Nationals will replace Mike Cameron from within

Anthony Rendon will play all over the infield

The Nats won’t mess with Stephen Strasburg’s schedule

Could Zimmerman switch positions for Rendon?