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Nationals Watch Archive: March 2012


  • Prince Fielder talks about the Nationals' pursuit of him this past offseason

    Prince Fielder on if he could have seen himself in D.C.: "Definitely. Why not?" Published March 10 2012

  • Strasburg, Davey and McCatty react to Strasburg's second spring start

    The Nationals just wrapped up their 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins here in Jupiter. Stephen Strasburg was pleased with his three-inning stint. He felt he gave up really just one hard-hit ball, a triple to Jose Reyes, and had a fielding miscue to open the third inning that likely extended his time on the mound that frame. As a result, he threw the final 14 of his allotted 60 pitches in the bullpen. Next start out he'll be able to go up to 70-75 pitches, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. Published March 9 2012

  • Chris Marrero takes BP for first time since surgery, progressing well

    Chris Marrero took batting practice for the first time since November surgery to repair a torn hamstring and is extremely encouraged by his progress. Published March 9 2012

  • Updates on Michael Morse (lat) and Adam LaRoche (ankle) - (UPDATED)

    The Nationals who are not traveling to Jupiter for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins just took the field for today's workout. Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche are among them. Published March 9 2012

  • Calf improved, Bryce Harper could try to talk his way into lineup to face Verlander (UPDATED)

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said Friday morning that the left calf tightness that scratched him from Thursday's game was feeling better but the 19-year-old had only hit and not tested the calf with running, which is when it bothers him. Harper took batting practice in the indoor batting cage Friday morning and planned to test the calf with running later during the team's workout. If he continues to feel good, Harper said he'd lobby to get back on the Nationals' trip to Lakeland on Saturday for a split-squad matchup with the Detroit Tigers. Published March 9 2012

  • The next three Nationals lineups (in Jupiter vs. Marlins, at home vs. Mets, in Lakeland vs. Tigers)

    Lineups for the Nationals game in Jupiter tonight and the split squad lineups for Saturday. Published March 9 2012

  • Ross Detwiler dominates as his role remains undefined

    Each day, Ross Detwiler walks the delicate line between the Washington Nationals' starting rotation and their bullpen. The Nationals feel he can be the starting pitcher to headline a ticket, a power lefty who performed so well in September he looked poised for a spot in the Nationals' opening day rotation for the first time since they drafted him in 2007. And yet the talent they crowded their rotation with this offseason all-but closed that door. Published March 8 2012

  • Edwin Jackson "superb" in four scoreless innings

    Forget all about the mechanics. Forget tipping your pitches or showing the ball or separating your hands too early. Forget thinking. Just be an athlete. That was Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty's message to Edwin Jackson after his first spring training start. Jackson threw two scoreless innings against the Houston Astros last Saturday but he was a little erratic, walking two and throwing just 12 of his 28 pitches for strikes. Thursday, in a rematch with the Astros, Jackson was a different pitcher. Published March 8 2012

  • Bryce Harper scratched from Thursday's lineup (UPDATED)

    The teams just took the field for the Nationals 1 p.m. game against the Astros and Bryce Harper did not trot out to right field as expected. He was a late scratch with left calf tightness. Published March 8 2012

  • Nationals travel lineup for Friday's night game in Jupiter

    The Nationals will travel to Jupiter Friday night for Stephen Strasburg's second start of the spring, a rare 7:05 p.m. start time in spring training. Published March 8 2012

  • Adam LaRoche homers in minor league game plus other morning notes

    All the news and notes from Thursday morning in Nationals camp. Published March 8 2012

  • Desmond, Bernadina and other notes wrapping up the Nationals 3-3 tie vs. the Cardinals

    The Nationals and Cardinals played to a 3-3, nine-inning tie Wednesday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium, both sides deciding not to push things further for a resolution with inclement weather looming and the Nationals only set-up for pitching through nine innings. Here are some notes from today's game and elsewhere... Published March 7 2012

  • Lineups and pitchers for Wednesday and Thursday

    Things are just about to get underway here in Viera for the Nationals-Cardinals 1 p.m. tilt at Space Coast Stadium. The Cardinals didn't exactly send their heavy hitters for this one. Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay appear to be the headliners as far as position players go. Published March 7 2012

  • Mark DeRosa reflects on his first home run since Feb. 2011

    The last time Mark DeRosa can remember playing with his left wrist feeling as pain-free as it has during his first few weeks in Nationals camp was 2 1/2 years ago. When the question of how much soreness he's dealt with this spring comes up DeRosa drops his voice low, as if he's afraid talking about it will jinx him, and says "I've had none." Published March 7 2012

  • Adam LaRoche tests ankle with six AB's in minor league game

    Adam LaRoche was back on the Nationals' minor league fields Wednesday morning, hitting third every half-inning and seeing some live pitching while lightly testing his sprained left ankle. Published March 7 2012

  • Davey Johnson's second base school

    Before Zach Walters entered Monday night's game, he made his way over to Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson and asked if he might get a private class on second base footwork with the former All-Star. Johnson, who's noted on a few occasions that he intends to work with Anthony Rendon on just that, was delighted. Published March 7 2012

  • On Harper's baserunning, DeRosa and Werth's power and other notes from the Nationals' 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves

    Everything Bryce Harper has done this spring has been met positively and with optimism. He's quieted his clubhouse persona, deleted his controversial twitter account, taken extra hitting, impressed coaches with his aptitude and willingness to learn the game and also gotten hits in five of his first 11 at-bats. But Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves, Harper committed his first baserunning blunder of the season, attempting to go from first to third on a groundout to third base by Wilson Ramos. Just as he rounded second, though, Harper hesitated. Moments later he was doubled off. Published March 6 2012

  • Gio Gonzalez lights up the radar gun, impresses in first start

    The first pitch Gio Gonzalez fired as a member of the Washington Nationals popped into Wilson Ramos’ glove early Tuesday afternoon and the radar gun reading flashed on the scoreboard behind him: 94 mph. His last pitch of the inning clocked in at 95. Even for a power lefty, that was a little high. Published March 6 2012

  • Michael Morse scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lat strain (UPDATED)

    Nationals outfielder Michael Morse was scratched from Tuesday's game vs. the Atlanta Braves roughly 40 minutes before the first pitch due to a right lat strain. Published March 6 2012

  • LaRoche may not start a spring game until Thursday

    Adam LaRoche was fully planning to be in the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday vs. the Cardinals. But when Nationals' manager Davey Johnson met reporters at the field in Orlando prior to the Nationals-Braves 1 p.m. tilt, he said he was actually planning to hold LaRoche back another day. Published March 6 2012