Final full-squad workout features situational drill, couple of close calls

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The final day of full-squad workouts before Grapefruit League play opens Saturday night saw the Nationals debut a new fundamentals drill that underscored their renewed emphasis on little things this spring. The entire team gathered on Field 3 for a situational defense and baserunning drill, one with a twist. Davey Martinez had mapped out 15 different game situations for everyone ... read more

Heeding advice from Scherzer, Glover healthy and motivated

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Modern pitchers have had it drilled into their heads from the moment they become professionals. Take days off. Don’t throw too much. Especially in the offseason. Give the arm time to recover before you ramp it up again. Koda Glover tried that, and all it got him was two mostly wasted seasons dealing with a rotator cuff injury. So this ... read more

Low-key Corbin blending right in despite massive contract

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The recipient of the largest contract given to a free agent pitcher this winter strolls through the Nationals clubhouse without drawing any attention. He’s just one of the guys. When reporters and fans cluster around the bullpen or one of the practice fields to watch this team’s big-name pitchers throw, they seek out Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg or even Sean ... read more

Kendrick, Taylor will start spring opener; Gomes sent home sick

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If there was any concern about the injuries Howie Kendrick and Michael A. Taylor spent the winter rehabbing from preventing them from participating fully in spring training, those fears should be quashed. Both Kendrick (returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon) and Taylor (who suffered hip and oblique injuries this winter in the Dominican Republic) will be in Saturday night’s starting ... read more

After injury-plagued winter, Taylor hopes new swing pays off

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Michael A. Taylor went to the Dominican Republic in early December, the rare major league veteran who was willing to go play winter ball for the Gigantes del Cibao and try to implement some significant changes he and Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long made to his swing at the end of the 2018 season. It should’ve been a great proving ... read more

Martinez challenges Turner to reach a lofty stolen base goal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Davey Martinez called Trea Turner into his office this week and told the speedy shortstop he wants him to attempt more stolen bases this season. How many? Let’s just say even the ultra-aggressive Turner was taken aback. “Yeah, he gave me a number,” Turner said. “And I was like: ‘Wow, all right.’” Martinez later revealed to assembled reporters that he ... read more

Day two of workouts: More live BP and Bobby Orr

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Day two of full-squad workouts at Nationals camp looked a lot like day one. Aside from the Hockey Hall of Famer in attendance this time. We’ll get to Bobby Orr in just a moment. But first, the actual baseball stuff. Just as they did Tuesday, the Nats emerged from their morning “Circle of Trust” meeting and fanned out across the ... read more

Involved Rendon wants to keep up contract talks with Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If he had his way, Anthony Rendon would never have to field a question about his pending free agency and ongoing talks with the Nationals about a long-term extension that would prevent him from ever becoming a free agent. But Rendon, as media-averse as anyone on the Nats roster, understands that won’t be the case this year. Just as it ... read more