Notes from reporting day: Henry Rodriguez, Stephen Strasburg and more

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VIERA, Fla. — It was a fairly quiet day around the Nationals’ complex, outside of the arrival of left-hander Gio Gonzlez, who issued another denial of any connection to performance-enhancing drugs or the Biogenesis clinic, and expressed confidence that the MLB investigation would turn out favorably for him.

But that was the main news of the day (and you can read it here).

Here are a few other picked up pieces from “report day” for pitchers and catchers, which honestly doesn’t mean much more than the fact that all pitchers and catchers must at least phone a team official by midnight to say they’re in town.

– Right-hander Henry Rodriguez, who had a bone spur and a chip removed from his throwing elbow last August, arrived in camp on Tuesday. Rodriguez has been rehabbing all winter and he said that while he feels good to this point, his rehab is not finished. It will be interesting to see just how much he’s able to do during spring training.

– Stephen Strasburg threw 37 pitches in his first official bullpen session of the spring. Pitching coach Steve McCatty stood watch as Strasburg threw and both seemed pleased with the output. Strasburg appears to be in good spirits and good shape this spring, continuing — at least physically — a trend he began when he was first injured and bet McCatty he’d arrive at camp with six-pack abs. He did.

– Christian Garcia also threw on Tuesday and the right-hander who made an impact as a flamethrowing reliever with a terrific changeup said all he knows about his role to this point is that the team plans to stretch him out as a starter to begin camp. Garcia said he expects to have plenty of multi-inning appearances and they’ll go from there.

– The Nationals released a statement on Tuesday about their ongoing quest for a new spring training home:

“The Washington Nationals are continuing to explore options for spring training sites beyond the current lease. Our current focus, however, is on what we expect to be an exciting 2013 spring training season in Viera. While we certainly appreciate public interest in our future plans, we will be making no further comment until there is something new to report.”

Here is a rundown of the Nationals’ options for the future.

– FOX will be broadcasting a maximum nine Nationals games this season, though there is no distinction on whether they will be regional broadcasts or national ones. Here are those games:

April 13, 2013: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

April 20, 2013: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

April 27, 2013: Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals

May 4, 2013: Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates

May 25, 2013: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals

June 1, 2013: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

June 15, 2013: Washington Nationals at Cleveland Indians

July 13, 2013: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

July 27, 2013: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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