Early Tuesday afternoon, Johnson relayed that same message to Zimmerman as Morse, Zimmerman, second baseman Danny Espinosa and others came out for early batting practice with Johnson and hitting coach Rick Eckstein. The overriding message was the same for all of them: Relax.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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