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Chatter Archive: March 2009

  • Thoughts on Zimmermann

    We won't talk to Jordan Zimmermann for a little while yet--I'm told he's a workout nut who insists on riding a stationary bike and lifting weights after he pitches--so for now, you'll have to make do with my impressions of his outing today: Published March 10 2009

  • Morning notes from Viera

    The big news of the morning is the Nationals' first round of spring cuts. So far, 10 players are gone, Ross Detwiler, Chris Marrero and Mike O'Connor being the most prominent names. Published March 10 2009

  • Balester on his outing

    Collin Balester said mechanical issues were at the heart of his struggles tonight, when he gave up four runs in three innings, including two home runs, against the Astros. Published March 9 2009

  • A doozy at Space Coast Stadium

    The Nats lead the Astros 6-4 after three innings in a game that's featured some offensive performances that have to be encouraging for Washington -- and an outing from Collin Balester that the Nationals probably aren't thirlled about. Published March 9 2009

  • Monday injury updates

    A couple updates from Manny Acta's pregame press conference: Published March 9 2009

  • Balester, Zimmermann split up

    Collin Balester will face the Astros tonight, while Jordan Zimmermann pitches against the Mets tomorrow. Both pitchers had previously been throwing the same day. Published March 9 2009

  • Sunday wrapup

    A few notes (and something for the baseball geeks) from the Nats' 8-3 win over the Mets on Sunday. Published March 8 2009

  • Post-game odds and ends

    Wrapping up this one from Port St. Lucie, where the Nationals win 7-5. Here are a few things to chew on: Published March 7 2009

  • Two lists: lineups and injuries

    Hello from Port St. Lucie, where the Nats start a home-and-home matchup with the Mets (followed by one more on Tuesday, just in case the Nats' scouts need to do a little more homework on Daniel Murphy). Here's the lineup for today's game, followed by an update on a few injuries: Published March 7 2009

  • Hill's elbow OK (and other topics)

    Just wanted to pass along an update on Shawn Hill's elbow: Published March 6 2009

  • Hill scratched

    Here's one for all you spring training optimists: Shawn Hill was scratched from his start today against the Tigers and will see Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., tomorrow to examine soreness in his right arm. Published March 5 2009

  • Wednesday odds and ends

    Just a few notes to wrap up Wednesday at Space Coast Stadium: Published March 4 2009

  • Rizzo running baseball ops; Kasten says no rush for permanent GM

    Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo met with the media this morning to announce that Rizzo will be taking on responsibility for the major-league team until a permanent GM is named. Published March 4 2009

  • Talks resume on Zim contract

    Just a quick update: Ryan Zimmerman's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, was at Space Coast Stadium today to talk with Stan Kasten about a long-term contract for the third baseman. Published March 3 2009

  • A calm, chilly Tuesday

    Good morning from Space Coast Stadium, where it's currently 53 degrees with a 60 percent chance of focusing on baseball today. Published March 3 2009

  • Kasten on the organization -- and on the radio

    Stan Kasten just met with reporters a few minutes ago, shortly before he appeared on 980 AM. Here's what he had to say, first to us and then a few snippets from his radio appearance: Published March 2 2009

  • A little day-after news

    Pretty quiet day here at Space Coast Stadium; a few players are trickling in and out of the clubhouse, and Randy St. Claire engaged in a spirited game of Wiffle ball with some of his pitchers. But since you're probably more interested in how this team is functioning a day after Jim Bowden's resignation, here's what I know: Published March 2 2009

  • Manny on Bowden; Flores to have MRI

    Much of Manny Acta's post-game press conference after a 7-5 loss to the Orioles, predictably, was about the resignation of Jim Bowden. Here's the transcript of what he had to say about his former boss (more news to follow at the bottom): Published March 1 2009

  • Adam Dunn to WBC

    Adam Dunn will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, the Nationals announced today. Published March 1 2009

  • A Sunday mid-game update

    Scott Olsen threw two scoreless innings in his first start of the season, though he had at least one would-be homer knocked down by the wind. The Nationals trail 6-1 through six innings. Published March 1 2009