- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN VIERA, FLA.

 Position players aren’t required to report until Wednesday, but a host of Nationals already are in camp.

 Two prominent regulars arrived yesterday: Felipe Lopez (who vowed to bounce back from his difficult 2007) and Ryan Zimmerman (who has fully recovered from his October wrist surgery).

 Other early attendees include infielders Kory Casto, Pete Orr, Josh Whitesell and Willie Harris and outfielders Justin Maxwell, Garrett Guzman and Jason Dubois. …

 Pets are always popular at the early workouts, but one particular dog caught everyone’s eye yesterday. The owners had dressed him in a jersey bearing their favorite Nationals player’s name: Schneider. Uh, guys, you might want to keep up with the news a little better.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP — Nick Johnson

It’s only the first day, but he sure looked like his old self.

UP — Early arrivals

Lopez, Zimmerman among position players already here.

SIDEWAYS — Viera growth

They have a divided highway now. A few more restaurants wouldn’t be bad, though.

DOWN — Hotel room availability

We’re 70 miles from Daytona, but the spillover reaches all the way down here.

OVERHEARD

“He’s been hitting over here since I got here, but I just didn’t want to walk over there until Day 1. I didn’t want to jinx it.”

— GM Jim Bowden on watching Nick Johnson hit for the first time since September

BY THE NUMBERS

15 Combined starts by John Patterson the last two years.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Chance of rain, 57 degrees.

Viera: Scattered thunderstorms, 81 degrees.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Tomorrow: Pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Wednesday: Position players report, pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Thursday: Position players take physicals, pitchers and catchers workout, 9 a.m.

Friday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Saturday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Sunday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

- Mark Zuckerman


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