Spring training gives the Nationals their first look of the year at pitchers, players rehabbing from injuries and more.
Well, this year, it's also giving Major League Baseball teams their first look at instant replay. While veterans and regular starters are less likely to make road trips during spring games, this week the regulars all traveled to Kissimmee to face the Astros. It was there that the Nats were first given access to challenges and a glance at the new replay system.
Beyond rule changes, the media and organization got a closer look at players battling injuries this spring. Doug Fister has been dealing with shoulder inflammation, Ryan Zimmerman has had some overall body tightness, and some sort of bug has continued to plague the clubhouse.
The first round of cuts also came this week. On Sunday, six players were reassigned to minor league camp. Then, two more were reassigned Wednesday, and six more cuts came yesterday.
There are now 49 players remaining in major league camp. As we continue to see how the roster is whittled down, check out these other Nationals headlines that you may have missed this week:
* As two-time Tommy John patient, Garcia feels Medlen's pain
* Espinosa happy with his offensive approach
* Goodwin gets better at his craft, sees results in quest to join Nats outfield
* MASNsports.com welcomes Nationals guest bloggers for 2014 season
* Updates on young pitchers Voth, Mooneyham, Orlan and Silvestre
* Detwiler pleased with his outing
* Jordan pushes nerves to the side, delivers another strong performance
* The cause of Strasburg's first-inning struggles - feeling "too good"
* Talking shifts with new Nats defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier
* On Cedeno and his work against righties this spring
* Williams confident in Soriano despite slow start, Mattheus returns to the mound