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Wind gusts blowing out around 18 mph greeted Jordan Zimmermann as he climbed the mound Wednesday for his first start of spring training. One hundred ninety-one days had passed since the Washington Nationals right-hander pitched in a game situation, as an innings limit left him in a spectator's role for the last month of the 2011 season.
Washington Nationals position players aren't required to report to spring training until Thursday. By then, Ryan Zimmerman will have been around for nearly a week, preparing for his seventh spring training with the club.
Nationals spring training roster
If there was ever a winter to truly be had in the mid-Atlantic this offseason, it'll come to an end Sunday for Washington Nationals fans when the team's pitchers and catchers report to Viera, Fla.
The Washington Nationals jumped back into the free agent market on Thursday, bolstering what was already considered one of the best rotations in the National League by agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Edwin Jackson, pending a physical.
The Washington Nationals and John Lannan earned the distinction of being the first to argue an arbitration case in Major League Baseball this year as the two sides presented their cases in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday, a source confirmed.
When Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty looked at his staff at the end of 2011, he felt confident. He examined the competition in the National League East and thought his pitchers were positioned well to compete in a tough division. With who the Nationals were expecting to have, he thought, "We had a very good rotation."
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made his requirements in the team's search for a starting pitcher this offseason perfectly clear. He wanted a left-hander, someone who could throw 200-plus innings and who had a proven track record.
The Washington Nationals finalized their coaching staff for the 2012 season Thursday evening when they promoted Triple-A manager Randy Knorr to the major league coaching staff as the bench coach for manager Davey Johnson.