Ross sharp in his longest outing of spring as Nats win over Mets 6-5

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Right-hander Joe Ross looked comfortable and his pitches were sharp in his first start of spring since returning from Tommy John surgery. Ross allowed a two-run shot to Michael Conforto, but finished three innings looking strong, mixing four pitches and hitting mid-90s with his fastball. Ross fired 61 pitches, 44 for strikes, scattering four hits, allowing two runs with no ... read more

Martinez looking to stretch out Ross as season approaches (Nats win 6-5)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Nationals manager Davey Martinez’s goal for right-hander Joe Ross is to get through three innings today in his first spring training start, a split-squad affair against the Mets on the road. Ross has appeared in five games in a relief role from February 23 to March 12. He has gone 7 2/3 total innings and has a 1.17 ERA. He ... read more

With more playing time, Stevenson putting hits together

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Andrew Stevenson has had a base hit in his last four Nationals spring training games. It comes at a good time for the former LSU star, who is now in play for the fourth outfield spot again come opening day with the injury to Michael A. Taylor. Stevenson has now had a base hit in five of his last seven ... read more

After a few missteps, Romero focused solely on Tommy John recovery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Left-hander Seth Romero is on schedule and progressing well as he recovers from Tommy John surgery seven months ago, hoping to write a positive next chapter after a few off-the-field missteps. “It’s going really good,” Romero said. “They have a bunch of guys who have been through the same process, so I’m just doing what they tell me. So far, ... read more

Teenager Mason Denaburg ready for live baseball with Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Right-hander Mason Denaburg, the Nationals’ 2018 first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, is making very good progress in his first spring training. The 6-foot-4, 195-lb. right-hander did side work Saturday in preparation for his first live pitching session Tuesday. He threw 40 pitches Saturday and now will have two days off. Denaburg will pitch in a live simulated game ... read more

With help from Gomes, Scherzer slows down Cards

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Despite allowing an early run, Nationals ace Max Scherzer was his regular season self Saturday as the club gets closer and closer to opening day. Scherzer threw 87 pitches, 63 for strikes over six innings, allowing only a first-inning run to the Cardinals. The Nats built a 5-1 lead, but the Cards came back late to post an 8-5 win. ... read more

Versatile Difo gets call to start in center field (Nats fall 8-5)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With the injury to outfielder Michael A. Taylor, the Nationals will have to make some adjustments to the lineup with spring training winding down. Manager Davey Martinez opted to go with Wilmer Difo in center field for today’s game against the Cardinals. Difo has played in 248 games at infield positions for the Nats over the past four seasons, but ... read more

Teenager Garcia adding strength and defensive skill to hitting prowess

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Shortstop Luis Garcia has done a nice job in 15 games with the Nationals this spring training, slashing .316/.381/.316 with six hits, seven runs scored and two RBIs. Garcia, 18, is currently listed as the No. 3 rated prospect in the Nats system, according to MLB Pipeline. Director of player development Mark Scialabba said his hitting skills have been apparent ... read more