Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
Friday's lineup in Tampa plus notes on Wang, Ramos, Morse, Bernadina and Lombardozzi.
John Lannan has thrown 751 innings in a Washington Nationals' uniform and not one of them has come as a reliever. Even in spring training, the left-hander couldn't remember ever having to make the walk to the mound from the bullpen with innings already posted on the board.
The Nationals made four more cuts to their spring roster on Thursday afternoon, optioning right-hander Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse and outfielder Eury Perez to Double-A Harrisburg. They also reassigned right-handed pitchers Jeff Fuchino and Waldis Joaquin to minor league camp.
Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang was sent for more tests on his strained left hamstring Thursday afternoon while the rest of the Nationals were left to wait and hope for the best for their teammate.
Washington Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has left the game in the middle of the second inning after taking a nasty fall trying to field a ground ball off the bat of New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin. Wang moved to his left to field a weak grounder by Martin and was running the ball to the first base bag when his right leg appeared to buckle and he stumbled over the base and landed on his right arm.
Michael Morse was scheduled to head over to the minor league side of camp on Wednesday and get six or eight at-bats but it turns out he did not end up making it over there. Morse will spend his second day, then, in mostly inactivity on Thursday as he sits out the Nationals - Yankees game and allows his right lat strain to continue to heal.
Eury Perez threw out a runner at third base Wednesday night in impressive fasion, plus notes on Jesus Flores, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Mattheus and the Nationals' bench hopefuls.
Bryce Harper was tested minimally in center field Wednesday night, recording two putouts and testing the left calf that had kept him out of the previous six games with several dashes in the outfield, tagging up on the basepaths and some sprints on the warning track after he was pulled.
Stephen Strasburg will make his third start of the spring tonight against the Atlanta Braves. He'll be held to a 70-75 pitch limit and the game will be broadcast on MLB Network in the Baltimore-Washington area.
Bryce Harper made his return to the Washington Nationals’ lineup Wednesday night but it was in a new place: center field. The outfielder, who missed the last six games with a tight left calf, played just 20 of his 109 minor league games in 2011 in center.
As Michael Morse recovers from a right lat strain that has caused him discomfort this week when attempting to throw from further than 90 feet, he's been serving as the Nationals' designated hitter. But Morse decided that Wednesday he'd prefer to go to the minor league side of the Nationals' complex and get 6-8 at-bats in the minor leaguers' final intra-squad game of the spring.
Bryce Harper's quest to make the Nationals' Opening Day lineup out of spring training may have been derailed a bit by a calf injury and time it caused him to miss, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday he doesn't believe the injury will affect the decision-making process when it comes to Harper cracking the 25-man roster.
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has gotten several calls on left-handed starter John Lannan but Rizzo said Wednesday he has not made any calls to other teams peddling the 27-year-old. "I am not actively shopping him," Rizzo said. "I haven't actively shopped him all winter."
Jason Michaels was despondent over his first-inning error, plus notes on Ross Detwiler, Jayson Werth and Michael Morse, who has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup.
Edwin Jackson was motoring along in the first inning Tuesday night. He needed 10 pitches, it seemed, to make quick work of the top of the Detroit Tigers' lineup.
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