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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
The Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox are supposed to play a game here at sparkling new jetBlue Park at 1:10 p.m. today. That's assuming the Nationals arrive eventually.
Jason Michaels officially returned to the Nationals' organization Monday morning, agreeing to terms on a minor league deal where he'll go to Triple-A Syracuse.
Davey Johnson gets his motor running, Gio Gonzalez gets his first hit and a host of other notes from the Nationals 2-1 victory over St. Louis
The final two innings of the Nationals' 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday felt less like a spring training game, more like the real thing. From the use of closers for both teams to the tie game they had played to that point -- both using strong starting pitching performances -- there wasn't much about it manager Davey Johnson didn't like.
Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen threw off a mound on Saturday, the next step in his return from a little elbow joint inflammation that stole most of his spring training and will likely land him on the disabled list to begin the 2012 season. Storen came through the bullpen session, his first work on a mound in close to three weeks, without issue. Good news for the right-hander. And while there's still no firm timetable for his return (Nationals manager Davey Johnson speculated recently that it could be mid-April), who the Nationals take in his spot on the roster is one of their lone remaining decisions before they head north
The Nationals knew they'd have to start the season with some integral parts of their roster on the disabled list. Michael Morse, Drew Storen and Chien-Ming Wang are expected to begin the year there as they each work back from injuries that are not considered major but aren't ones to be rushed, either. Add another name to the probable list as Rick Ankiel is still struggling with some left quad tightness that has hampered him for much of the spring. If he can't get into a game in the next three days, which appears likely at this point, Ankiel may have to start the year on the disabled list, backdated to March 27.
To this point in the spring, the Washington Nationals have been non-commital when it comes to infielder Steve Lombardozzi and whether or not he's a lock for the team's 25-man roster. His play has made the decision on whether he's a bona-fide major leaguer an easy one. That, they feel he is.
There is a batters eye in center field at Space Coast Stadium that stands 35 feet high. It's the width, though, that many left-handed hitters have taken issue with this spring.
The news on the Nationals injuries seems to be getting better each day so here's a rundown of where things stand before the team's 6:05 p.m. game against the Marlins (which will be on MASN).
The Washington Nationals took one more step toward finalizing their 25-man roster before Opening Day by purchasing the contract of outfielder Rick Ankiel and essentially confirming that he will be their starting center fielder.
Edwin Jackson was superb in six scoreless innings of work on Thursday. So efficient that he didn't even reach his allotted 85-pitch limit, Jackson kept his pitches down in the zone, got early contact and fell into a rhythm -- which seems to be key for the right-hander.
In the morning, Washington Nationals outfielder Brett Carroll watched as the man who’d been his primary competition for a spot on the team’s bench all spring quietly packed up his belongings. In the afternoon, Carroll all but solidified his own place on the roster.
The Nationals got one of their injured starters back on the field Thursday as Adam LaRoche was in the lineup for the first time since March 15. LaRoche, who was 1-for-2 with a walk, came through the game without any issues with the bone bruise on his left foot. He is expected to be in the Nationals' lineup on Friday and there should be nothing holding him back from starting each game until the regular season begins next Thursday.
The Nationals cut three players Thursday morning, reassigning outfielder Jason Michaels and infielder Andres Blanco to minor league camp, and optioning left-hander Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse, but they weren't finished for the day. They brought left-handed starter Zach Duke, released by the Astros earlier this week, in on a minor league deal and he'll head to Triple-A Syracuse as starting pitching depth. They also optioned out right-handed reliever Ryan Perry. Michaels was ultimately released before day's end.
The Nationals had a welcome return Thursday when Adam LaRoche was in the lineup for the first time since March 15, but moments before their 1:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves, utility man Mark DeRosa was scratched.
Nationals finalize their rotation order heading into the season.
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