An abdominal injury to Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman that first surfaced as a minor nuisance in spring training is now a tear that requires surgery and will sideline him for about six weeks.
Yewri Guillen, an 18-year-old shortstop in the Nationals Dominican Republic academy in Boca Chica, died Thursday morning of bacterial meningitis, roughly four days after he began exhibiting symptoms of infection.
During a light moment at spring training, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth and general manager Mike Rizzo stood behind the batting cage and discussed the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Nationals lost their third baseman before the game, with Ryan Zimmerman out of the lineup due to an abdominal strain, and they needed to replace their first baseman when Adam LaRoche pulled up at second base with a tweaked left groin.
Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals' lineup today, having aggravated an abdominal strain diving head first into second base in the third inning Saturday night.
Stephen Strasburg can't pitch. He throws - playing catch every other day in right field at the Nationals' spring training home with head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz - and he takes pitchers' fielding practice, and he works out.
The man who changes everything wears his hair long and unkempt. He brings with him a ring, from the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies - teammates turned rivals - along with a swagger, a presence, lofty expectations and a $126 million price tag.
On the day that Bryce Harper was told for the first time in his life that he didn't make a baseball team, he was sitting in the Nationals' major league clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium.
The Washington Nationals traded outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash.