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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Steve Mccatty
Nationals pitcher Doug Fister threw on flat ground from 60 feet on Sunday as he works his way back from a right lat strain.
Doug Fister is likely to open the season on the DL after the right-hander was pulled from his minor-league start Thursday with a lat strain.
Taylor Jordan impressed in his final start of the spring. Now the Nationals must decide whether he or Tanner Roark will be their No. 5 starter.
Heading into a year he hopes to make the Nationals' roster, Zach Walters put in extra time this offseason playing winter ball in Venezuela. The experience in the South American country, however, got off to an ominous start.
Nationals pitchers have accomplished a lot with Steve McCatty at the helm, and they want to finish what they've started with him.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night because of tightness in his forearm.
It's hard for everyone to keep ignoring you when you continue to prove you are among the best in the game. When Zimmermann is announced at the All-Star game at Citi Field on Tuesday night, with a 12-4 record and a 2.58 ERA at the break, there will be very few ways left for him to continue going unnoticed.
Strasburg played catch Tuesday and went through his usual routine on the day after he pitches, a welcome sight after manager Davey Johnson said Monday night that the right-hander was dealing with forearm tightness.
"I don't think he ever has a bad day," reliever Christian Garcia said on a recent spring morning. "He's just so nice."
Ramos felt a little weakness in his right knee, the one in which the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus have been repaired, and he was nervous about how his first session squatting, and catching, and putting his knees on the ground would go. He still has a mental hurdle when it comes to blocking balls, but he knows he will have to steel himself and get over it eventually.
Tyler Clippard knew something was amiss. That something was different. In the midst of a miserable September that stood in stark contrast to the way he'd pitched for the first five months, he sought out old video.
They call him Mr. Consistency and they praise him for the repetitive nature in which he performs, with little deviation, every five days.
Hitting Chien-Ming Wang's sinker used to be like taking a swipe at a bowling ball.
It won't be until Tuesday or Wednesday, but at some point this week, Ross Detwiler will take the walk from the Washington Nationals' dugout to their bullpen. After nine starts, six exceptional and three mediocre, Detwiler's current stay in the starting rotation is over.
He was standing on a mound in Florida last summer trying to throw his first curveball since Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He could hardly reach the catcher.
Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty said the right-hander looked normal and did not complain of discomfort during or afterwards.
McCatty noted the team's opponent on Sunday, the Atlanta Braves, who lost two members of their starting rotation to Tommy John surgery in spring (Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy).