Nationals manager Davey Johnson is big on letting guys know in advance when they'll be in the lineup so it wasn't a surprise Thursday afternoon to know that he had Friday's lineup for the Nationals' 12 p.m. game against Georgetown University all set. We'll also get a look at a few of the Nationals' prospects who'll come over from the minor league side to serve as subs.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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The Washington Nationals will open their spring training game slate Friday with an exhibition contest against Georgetown University at Space Coast Stadium.
Adam LaRoche won't participate in the Nationals' full workout for the second straight day Thursday as he takes precautions to rest the sprained left ankle he hurt running the bases on Tuesday as well as his surgically-repaired left shoulder. LaRoche said he could workout today but he's not going to as a precaution, noting that "if we had a game today I could play and I wouldn't feel it. I could get through it and be fine."
The Nationals signed pitcher Dan Cortes to a minor league deal this past offseason with the hope that the hard-throwing right-hander would be able to give them depth at the top of their minor league system. Unfortunately, Cortes was unable to pass his physical with the Nationals so the deal was voided, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
Notes from Wednesday on Ian Desmond vs. Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals' moving their workouts inside Space Coast Stadium, Bryce Harper's twitter account and more.
Last year, Sean Burnett turned in one of the most impressive spring training stat lines you'll see. The left-hander pitched in 10 games, allowed just five hits and a walk and never gave up a run in 9 1/3 innings of work. He fielded questions about being the Nationals' closer and got three saves in the Nationals' first 10 games.
The Nationals were missing four from their workout Wednesday with Jayson Werth (back spasms), Adam LaRoche (ankle, shoulder), Chad Tracy (knee) and Yunesky Maya (pharyngitis) all excused from the day's events. None of the issues are considered serious.
Jayson Werth was not present on the field at Space Coast Stadium Wednesday morning as the Nationals began their second straight workout without him. Werth, who missed Tuesday's workout with back spasms, didn't offer much in the way of an update on his condition this morning. Asked how he was feeling he stopped long enough to say "I don't care," but then kept walking.
Henry Rodriguez arrived to camp late and, as a result, didn't throw his first bullpen session of the season until Sunday. He threw his second Tuesday morning and as pitching coach Steve McCatty was walking away from it, another Nationals coach asked him in passing how Rodriguez looked. McCatty got out just one word: "Wow."
More than two months after they felt they’d dodged a bullet, the Washington Nationals’ and left-handed prospect Sammy Solis got exactly the news they were hoping to avoid. Solis will undergo Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery on March 6, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday.
Jayson Werth wasn't present for the Nationals' workout Tuesday morning. The outfielder was dealing with back spasms so he was excused from the day's events but Nationals manager Davey Johnson didn't seem to think the spasms were a huge cause for concern.
On the day that all of the candidates for the Nationals No. 5 starter role were throwing live batting practice, it was the field on which Chien-Ming Wang was throwing his that Nationals manager Davey Johnson, pitching coach Steve McCatty, general manager Mike Rizzo and, eventually, pitching coordinator Spin Williams all seemed to end up.
Matt Purke will be the starting pitcher Friday against Georgetown and Anthony Rendon will play third base that day. And while Davey Johnson didn't come right out and say it, you can plan on Bryce Harper making the trip to Kissimmee for his first spring training start on Saturday.
The breakdown of how Ryan Zimmerman will get the money committed to him by the Nationals on Sunday.
Jordan Zimmermann can be forgiven if this isn't his favorite time of year. When he gets behind that L screen and readies to throw live batting practice, his mind flashes back a few years.