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Topic - Sandy Leon
Nationals manager Matt Williams said he has been pleased with the way Desmond has been working to drive the ball to the opposite field this spring. His home run went to right-center.
Gio Gonzalez pitched one-hit ball for two innings in his spring training debut, Ian Desmond homered for the second straight day and the Washington Nationals roughed up a New York Mets split squad 11-5 Wednesday.
Nationals catchers are learning on the fly how to adapt to MLB's new rule that prohibits collisions and blocking the plate.
The Nationals' five Venezuelan players are preoccupied right now, worried about their families amid political unrest and violence back home.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo explains Thursday's deal for Jose Lobaton, and what the club expects from their newest catcher along with Wilson Ramos in 2014.
The Nationals lose Class A catcher Adrian Nieto to the White Sox in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.
Maybe the key decision for the Nats will be whether to sign starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term contract extension. Shortstop Ian Desmond is in line for one, as well. Both players will be free agents after the 2015 season.
The Nationals believe Wilson Ramos can catch 125 or more games in 2014, leaving them less interested in acquiring a veteran backup.
Teams build their farm systems in order to develop players into major leaguers, and the main goal is to produce as much MLB-caliber talent as possible. It's how the success of any team's system is judged. What, then, should be made of the actual on-field success the Nationals' system has had this year?
Rendon, Sandy Leon and Nate Karns head to Double-A Harrisburg and Eury Perez to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nats also re-assigned Matt Skole, Will Rhymes and Pat McCoy to minor league camp.
Lannan holds no grudges against the Nationals and insists baseball decisions can't be taken personally. Time has made those words easier.
Monday morning, while the rest of his Washington teammates enjoy their first off-day of the spring, Detwiler will board a plane for Phoenix and begin his transition from Nationals camp to Team USA.
It was just after 11 a.m. Friday on the West Coast when Kurt Suzuki got the news. His time with the Oakland A's, the only professional organization he'd ever known, was over. The Washington Nationals were calling and they had a starting catching job waiting for him.
As the ball cracked off Michael Martinez's bat and bounced through the right side of the infield, Ross Detwiler never took his eyes off it. He watched Bryce Harper gather it. Watched him unfurl his body and send the ball rocketing toward home plate.
The pitcher who stood on the mound Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field was dominant. He was precise. He was efficient and breathtakingly effective. As New York Mets manager Terry Collins aptly put it after the Washington Nationals beat his team 5-2, "He was tremendous, my gosh almighty."
"I was expecting to stay there and play [in the playoffs] and see what happens," Leon said Sunday evening. "But they called me yesterday and I was happy. I [wanted to] help the team win a championship but I am here now."
• Sandy Leon said the Nationals told him he'd be sidelined for four weeks with his high right ankle sprain.