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Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, right, throws out New York Mets' Andrew Brown in the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ryan Zimmerman awaiting results of MRI on right shoulder

- The Washington Times

Ryan Zimmerman was still awaiting the results of an MRI exam taken on his right shoulder and was not in the lineup on Sunday morning before the Washington Nationals were set to complete their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park.

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman throws to first to put out a Miami Marlins batter during a baseball game in Miami. Zimmerman has a new piece of equipment in his locker--a first baseman's mitt. The Nationals' longtime third baseman will take some grounders on the opposite side of the diamond during spring training. Manager Matt Williams says he expects to use Zimmerman at first for a few games this season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will see some time at first base in 2014

- The Washington Times

He still rolls his eyes at the term, but Ryan Zimmerman remains the face of the Nationals. Nothing else about the franchise has been as steadfast since the team arrived in the District in 2005 than the man who has occupied third base for almost a decade. The day may come soon, though, when Zimmerman has to switch positions.

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, left, talks with second baseman Anthony Rendon during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche ready for a rebound

- The Washington Times

Nothing seemed to go right for Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche in 2013. After exploding in May, a rare strong beginning to the season for a notorious late starter, LaRoche faltered. For three months he struggled to find the form that led to a brilliant 2012. His weight decreased almost to 190 pounds, what he weighed as a teenager and into his early 20s. That sapped some of his power. So did bone chips in his elbow that finally became noticeable in September. LaRoche needed offseason surgery to correct that problem

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams, left, talks with relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nats manager Matt Williams and baseball's unique silent language

- The Washington Times

Nationals manager Matt Williams spent a second day this week perfecting his own unique language. Williams and new third base coach Bobby Henley spent a few minutes on the field at Space Coast Stadium going over signs. It was another minor detail that Williams views as crucial in the long run to his team's success.

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) strikes out in the eight inning as the Washington Nationals play the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, October 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Second base "open competition," says Nats manager Matt Williams

- The Washington Times

Danny Espinosa is the most intriguing player at spring training for the Nationals. The 26-year-old, once expected to be a stalwart at second base in Washington until a disastrous 2013 derailed his career, hopes to win his old job back. And while Anthony Rendon looks to be the favorite after getting his feet wet in the big leagues last season, new manager Matt Williams is open to giving Espinosa that chance.

Matt Williams turns after showing the back of his newly-donned jersey, after he is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team, during a news conference at Nationals Park, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For new Nats manager Matt Williams, it's a start

- The Washington Times

Nationals manager Matt Williams did not get much sleep the night before taking the field with his new team for the first time on Saturday morning. By 5 a.m., his nervous energy with nowhere else to go, Williams arrived at the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium.

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, right, signs autographs for fans during a break in their spring training baseball workout, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

No arbitration a relief for Nats pitcher Tyler Clippard

- The Washington Times

Clippard, 28, will again help anchor the back end of Washington's bullpen. He has been a mainstay there since the middle of the 2009 season when, in desperation, general manager Mike Rizzo blew up his bullpen multiple times until he found competent relievers.