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Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen won't begin a throwing program until Tuesday or Wednesday of the coming week, leaving open the possibility that he might not have enough time to be fully ready to assume his spot in the Nationals' bullpen by Opening Day.
On the whole, Jordan Zimmermann's line was rather unremarkable on Friday. The right-hander, who'll slot in third in the Nationals' rotation behind Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, went five innings, allowed four earned runs off eight hits and a walk, and struck out three.
As the innings began to pile up Friday and the zeroes on the scoreboard at Osceola County Stadium blared back at Nationals manager Davey Johnson, he turned to Jayson Werth in the dugout and told the right fielder that he'd seen an awful lot of baseball in his lifetime, an awful lot of spring training baseball, too, but he'd never been no-hit in the spring.
Nationals still hoping Michael Morse will be ready by Opening Day, not planning to augment roster greatly in next two weeks
Michael Morse was bouncing around a sparse clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium Friday morning.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson plans to start playing his regular lineup more often starting with Sunday's game at home against the New York Mets. And through watching his regulars like Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos go nine innings, Johnson also plans to get a better idea of the five players who'll make up his bench.
Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen was relieved Friday that the results of an MRI taken on his right elbow Thursday showed no structural damage and his ulnar collateral ligament was "completely fine." Storen had been dealing with biceps/triceps soreness and went for further testing as a precaution but the MRI showed just some inflammation in the elbow joint.
Steve Lombardozzi a "comfortable" option in the outfield and other notes from Thursday's 9-0 loss to the Cardinals
Notes on Steve Lombardozzi's foray into the outfield and the Nationals offense to this point.
Thursday was not a good day for Gio Gonzalez. Eighty five pitches were expended for Gonzalez to allow 10 hits, eight earned runs, walk four and strike out three Cardinals in a 9-0 drubbing of the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Injury updates on Drew Storen, Sean Burnett and Adam LaRoche.
Michael Morse's path back to active duty appears longer than the Washington Nationals originally estimated as the outfielder was given a platelet-rich plasma injection recently and Nationals manager Davey Johnson admitted on Thursday that he's "probably" a candidate not to open the season on the Nationals' 25-man roster.
Rick Ankiel, Chad Durbin, Andres Blanco and Jason Michaels have opt-outs on their minor league deals while Brett Carroll and Chad Tracy do not.
Notes on Ryan Perry, Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Sean Burnett.
Tomorrow will mark one-week since Chien-Ming Wang took a nasty fall over the first base bag and severely strained his left hamstring. It's also the day Wang said he plans to play some light catch for the first time since the injury occurred. But Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that he was doubtful Wang would return to the mound within three weeks to a month, doubling the two-week estimate that the trainers gave initially. Johnson saw Wang in the training room on Wednesday and said there was a lot of bleeding in the injured area, a deep bruise that had spread in each direction on Wang's leg.
Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche not scheduled to begin activity until March 25.
For the past five weeks, when it comes to choosing an Opening Day starter from his full cupboard of pitchers, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has played coy. Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson are his former All-Stars. Jordan Zimmermann was his best pitcher in 2011. But there was only one choice, really, for Johnson and that was to hand the ball to the man who has been destined for this assignment since the day the Nationals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Nineteen months after Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg will be the Nationals' Opening Day starter and the unquestioned No. 1 of their 2012 starting rotation.
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