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Nationals Watch Archive: March 2013

  • Roger Bernadina headed back to Nationals camp after Netherlands loss

    The Washington Nationals will finally get all of their players back in camp this week when outfielder Roger Bernadina returns from his elongated stay in the World Baseball Classic. Published March 19 2013

  • Christian Garcia needs two more weeks of rest for wrist tendon

    Christian Garcia visited with hand/wrist specialist Dr. Ken Means over the weekend in the Baltimore-Washington area, and while Means was greatly encouraged by the healing progress in Garcia's right wrist, he wants him to rest for two more weeks before resuming baseball activities. Published March 18 2013

  • Gio Gonzalez throws 87 pitches in minor league start

    In trying to get their pitching schedule back on track after they sent two of their starters to the World Baseball Classic, the Washington Nationals sent Gio Gonzalez to the minor league side of camp on Monday to make his first start since five sparkling innings for Team USA last week. Gonzalez, who faced the prospect-laden roster for Double-A Harrisburg, threw 87 pitches in six innings of work. Published March 18 2013

  • Nationals cut eight, grant Chris Snyder his release to sign with Angels

    The Washington Nationals made another round of cuts on Monday morning, optioning six players to Triple-A Syracuse and re-assigning two more to minor league camp. Catcher Chris Snyder, who had an opt-out on his minor league contract and was unlike to make the Nationals out of camp, was also granted his unconditional release and is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Published March 18 2013

  • Jhonatan Solano plays left field, Tyler Moore has a two-homer day

    Before the eighth inning of the Nationals' 12-10 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon, manager Davey Johnson approached catcher Jhonatan Solano with a question he'd never asked him before: can you play left? Published March 17 2013

  • Ross Detwiler pleased with changeup in start vs. Tigers

    Ross Detwiler's reintroduction to the Grapefruit League, after spending the better part of the last two weeks at the World Baseball Classic and pitching for Team USA, wasn't exactly easy. Published March 17 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg's Opening Day start part of family road trip

    The plans for the trip were already in place long before manager Davey Johnson made the formal announcement on Wednesday that Stephen Strasburg would be his Opening Day starter. But once he did, once the Nationals' right-hander knew for certain that he'd been given the honor to open his team's season on the mound, the itinerary seemed that much more fortuitous. Published March 17 2013

  • Nationals-Tigers lineups: Ross Detwiler faces Tigers 'A' lineup

    While Ross Detwiler and Gio Gonzalez were away from Washington Nationals camp with Team USA, manager Davey Johnson often extolled the virtues of 40 percent of his starters pitching in the World Baseball Classic. The experience and the stage, he said repeatedly, would be one that would only do them good. But with Team USA eliminated from the WBC on Friday, the Nationals immediately slotted Detwiler in to face the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland on Sunday. Published March 17 2013

  • Stephen Strasburg goes deep into fifth start of spring

    There came a point Saturday night, in the third inning of the Washington Nationals' 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros, where Stephen Strasburg looked as if he was simply toying with hitters. Published March 16 2013

  • Ryan Zimmerman makes his return to third base

    It's a rare occasion that Zimmerman will admit to feeling nervous during a game. But when Zimmerman took the field Saturday night he couldn't help it. Published March 16 2013

  • Ross Detwiler rejoins Nationals, helps set remainder of spring rotation schedule

    Ross Detwiler was back in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Saturday afternoon, disappointed by the way his experience in the World Baseball Classic ended but thrilled with what he got out of the experience. Published March 16 2013

  • Nationals-Astros lineups: Zimmerman returns to field

    Ryan Zimmerman will make his spring debut at third base this evening when the Nationals take on the Houston Astros. And Zimmerman's addition to the defense gives the Nationals a lineup that looks an awful lot like the one they will roll out on April 1 in Washington for Opening Day. Published March 16 2013

  • Dan Haren struggles through 'just one of those days' against St. Louis Cardinals

    Dan Haren couldn't put his finger on why he felt the way he did Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. He couldn't pinpoint exactly why his velocity was down a few ticks in the first inning or why his arm felt slow. All he knew was that his five innings of work, in which he allowed five runs off six hits, struck out three and -- perhaps most surprisingly -- walked two batters, was not good. Published March 15 2013

  • Schedules for Ross Detwiler, Gio Gonzalez up in the air due to WBC

    As the Washington Nationals inch ever-closer to Opening Day, they are unable to fully set their pitchers' schedules for the last few weeks of spring with 40 percent of their rotation still away at the World Baseball Classic. And the Nationals are at the mercy of the WBC when it comes to figuring out when Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler will pitch. Published March 15 2013

  • Davey Johnson said there is 'no possibility' Christian Garcia can make Opening Day roster

    Washington Nationals' right-hander Christian Garcia will see a specialist in the Baltimore-Washington area on Sunday to get what he hopes will be the final clearance for him to resume baseball activities after missing roughly five weeks with a partially torn tendon in his right wrist. Published March 15 2013

  • Ryan Zimmerman could debut at third base on Saturday

    Ryan Zimmerman was so encouraged by the way he felt after his throwing session on Thursday afternoon that he told Nationals manager Davey Johnson he might be ready to make his spring debut at third base on Saturday night. Published March 15 2013

  • Nationals-Cardinals lineups: Dan Haren makes fourth start

    The Washington Nationals made the drive south this morning to face Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals... again. Dan Haren will make his fourth start of the spring against the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2001 draft. Published March 15 2013

  • Chris Young pleased with progress in second start

    Chris Young was pleased with the progress he made with his fastball command in his second major league spring training start and the Nationals were equally pleased to see the 6-foot-10 right-hander continue his improvement. Published March 14 2013

  • Nationals-Astros lineups: Ramos catches back-to-back games

    The Houston Astros and former Nationals' third base coach (now Astros manager) Bo Porter came to town on Thursday to face Chris Young and a lineup loaded with Nationals' regulars. Published March 14 2013

  • MLPBA chief Michael Weiner hopeful Biogenesis investigation will be completed soon

    Major League Baseball Players' Association chief Michael Weiner said Thursday he is hopeful there will be a resolution to MLB's investigation into the Biogenesis clinic and the players linked to it by "early in the season." Published March 14 2013