It's as if Bryan Harper has been soaking it all in through these first few days of what is his first full Major League camp. He has spent his time in the Nationals clubhouse, keeping mostly to himself, watching and observing.
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After an encouraging winter filled with throwing and excitement about the strength of his arm, Koda Glover showed up to Nationals camp with soreness in his right shoulder. He received an MRI, which revealed some slight inflammation, causing the Nationals to once again handle him with caution.
As Gio Gonzalez prepares for his seventh season with the Nationals, he is considering the idea that this could be his last year in Washington. His contract will expire after the year, and he is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career.
The reports they heard were encouraging, but just to be sure for themselves the Nationals sent a team athletic trainer to evaluate right-hander Shawn Kelley in about mid-January. He had just started throwing for the first time in the offseason and his arm felt much better through his first few sessions than it had the past few years.
Following the Nats' first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Friday afternoon, Mike Rizzo said he has had some initial discussions about his contract situation with the ownership group, while expressing optimism that a new deal will eventually get done.
Dave Martinez is still creating his own routine as he begins his first camp as Nationals manager, but he has already introduced the first new wrinkles.
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It was as if no time had passed since the end of the season. There was Max Scherzer, standing on the mound, grunting as he pounded fastballs into the catcher's mitt and getting angry for himself when he did not execute.
It is uncommon for a team coming off consecutive division titles to have a case that it is underrated, but that's where Stephen Strasburg sees the Nationals as they begin Spring Training.
After catcher Matt Wieters exercised his player option to return to Washington, he spent the offseason transforming his diet and increasing the intensity of his workout routine. He arrived to camp weighing 224 pounds after finishing the season at 238 pounds, a transformation that caused a team official to remark how Wieters looked five years younger.
It's hard for Adam Eaton to remember a time where he has gone this long without seeing live pitching. He has not stood in a batters box against an opposing pitcher since April, before he tore his left ACL and began a long rehab. Once he returns the batters box, however, Eaton expects it to be just like riding a bike.
Enjoy Harper catching Taillon, circa 2009
New Era unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY that players will be wearing this spring, a fitted cap featuring a new featherweight polyester material that is the lightest on-field fabric in MLB history.
Every year since they began contending back in 2012, the Nationals have entered Spring Training with their rotation set. This year, however, the Nats' No. 5 starter will be decided in camp.
Eaton has not played in a game since April 28 when he suffered a torn ACL that ended his first season in Washington.
As they prepare to report to Spring Training this week, the Nationals made a move Monday night to improve their position player depth. Washington acquired utility man Matt Reynolds from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.
The 2018 Nationals will not look much different than the team that finished the '17 season. After all, when a team wins 97 games and a second straight division championship, there is usually no need for sweeping changes.
Harper, wife take a trip to Disneyland
Nationals beat writer Jamal Collier answers fan questions about trades, injuries, the pitching staff and more.
Nationals catcher Raudy Read has been suspended for 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Read tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug, and his suspension will begin at the beginning of the 2018 regular season.
There are so many unknowns that come with a first-time manager, especially one taking over a team with World Series dreams. That makes Dave Martinez the person we're most excited to see at Nationals camp.
Backup catcher could be a much more important position for the Nationals this season than in years past. The Nats are searching for more production from their backstops this season and have already introduced a plan in order to do so.
"Underrated" is one of those words we toss out in our sports dialogue with no real idea what it means. Our interpretation of what or who is or is not underrated is all relative to the specifics of our circumstances -- what we read, what we watch, what we experience.
The Nationals have been affiliated with Harrisburg for each of Washington's 14 seasons and Harrisburg's relationship with the franchise extends back to the days with the Expos.
The Nationals have championship aspirations in 2018, and they hope this is the year they can finally break through to achieve that goal.
The Nationals are planning to ease a pair of position players into Spring Training to monitor their health as they prepare for Opening Day.
Scherzer, daughter wear matching pajamas
There are three candidates on the Nationals' roster who are most likely to grab the final rotation spot -- A.J. Cole, pitching prospect Erick Fedde and Edwin Jackson, who reportedly signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
The Nationals have signed free-agent catcher Miguel Montero to a Minor League deal that includes an invite to Spring Training, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier.
Former Expos star pitcher Pedro Martinez, longtime Blue Jays center fielder Lloyd Moseby and legendary baseball historian William Humber will be soon be enshrined among many of the most impactful people in Canadian baseball history.
As Spring Training approaches and with so much of the offseason still unsettled, the Nationals find themselves in a good position. They have been active in the free-agent market and addressed their needs, which has general manager Mike Rizzo feeling good about his team heading into the new season.
Stephen Strasburg idolized Tony Gwynn as a kid and got to play for him at San Diego State, where he learned much from the Hall of Famer.