Don’t look for quick hooks from Martinez

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Since the day he was hired, we’ve all wondered what kind of manager Davey Martinez would be, especially when it comes to in-game strategy. Having had no prior managerial experience, there’s no advance scouting report to consider, only speculation based on his answers to various questions posed his way. We got a few glimpses into Martinez’s strategic mindset over the ... read more

Ross throwing again, targeting late summer return to Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - He won’t be ready to open the year with the Nationals, but Joe Ross has every intention of being a significant contributor to the pitching staff later this season. “That’s in my head, for sure,” he said. “My arm will dictate that. But that’s how I feel, and I’m looking forward to helping the team in the second half.” Ross, ... read more

Secure in closer’s role, Doolittle now trying to add to his arsenal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Sean Doolittle will be the Nationals closer to open the season. That declaration, made this afternoon by new manager Davey Martinez, did not constitute earth-shattering news. Given the way Doolittle performed late last season, and given the current makeup of the Nats bullpen, that was a foregone conclusion. The more notable development this season for Doolittle would involve not when ... read more

Pitchers ahead of the curve, position players reporting early

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Davey Martinez is serious about keeping his workouts short and efficient. Today’s session outside The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the second official pitchers and catchers workout, wrapped up in 90 minutes once again. Players were already back in the clubhouse well before the South Florida sun reached its peak. Don’t confuse short workouts with lazy workouts, though. Players went ... read more

Nats, Astros strike naming rights deal for spring ballpark

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals’ spring training stadium, barely a year old, is already getting a new name. The Nationals and Astros are planning to announce next week a naming rights deal for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with FITTEAM, a local “healthy lifestyle company,” sources familiar with the decision confirmed. The new name for the stadium: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm ... read more

Kelley healthy again and hoping to return to 2016 form

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Ask Shawn Kelley about 2017 and the veteran reliever will talk about how much he enjoyed watching his Nationals teammates play well but how frustrated he was personally to not have contributed much to that success. There were injuries to his neck, back and elbow, and there were some brutal appearances on the mound that led to a 7.27 ERA ... read more

Martinez offers a glimpse into his method on first workout day

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Davey Martinez walked into his first press conference of the spring, sat down in front of a microphone and addressed the room full of reporters. “I have to say, I’m tired,” he sighed. Tired? At 12:30 p.m.? On Day One of spring training? “Well, I’ve been here since 5:30,” he said. “I get up every day at 5. Can’t slow ... read more

Martinez: Cole has “upper hand” for No. 5 starter’s job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Nationals admittedly don’t have many jobs up for grabs this spring, a scenario few other clubs can appreciate, but the highest-profile competition this spring is of keen interest to Davey Martinez. With the top four slots in his rotation well established and locked in, Martinez needs only to decide who will serve as his No. 5 starter come April. ... read more