Eaton not playing yet, Rizzo not looking for starter

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - If he had his way, Adam Eaton would have been playing in games weeks ago. There weren’t any games to play weeks ago, of course, so today’s Grapefruit League opener was the first opportunity for the Nationals left fielder to make his return from a torn ACL. That return isn’t happening quite yet, though. Eaton (like all of his lineup ... read more

Starting lineups: Nats vs. Astros in West Palm Beach (updated)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - No, it doesn’t count. No, it won’t feature many recognizable names. But you know what? It’s still a baseball game and it’s going to be played today. Yes, the Grapefruit League has arrived, and not a moment too soon for fans who have patiently waited since October for the Nationals to take the field once again. Today’s exhibition opener will ... read more

Final workout features sliding, roof shots and old-school hip-hop

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The final day of workouts of spring training featured the familiar (music on the field, pitchers throwing in the bullpen, hitters taking batting practice) and the unfamiliar (sliding practice, Bob Henley showing off his knowledge of old-school hip-hop). We’ll get to that last eye-opener in a moment. With teams dealing with a compressed window for getting all workouts in before ... read more

Don’t expect to see regulars in early spring games (updated)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Though the exhibition season is about to get underway, there are still five weeks to go until opening day. So don’t be surprised when you see the Nationals lineup for Friday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Astros and don’t find many prominent names. “We’re trying to see all our young guys early,” manager Davey Martinez said. “I wouldn’t read into ... read more

Rendon keeps it simple and keeps producing for Nats

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Anthony Rendon isn’t one to analyze ... well, much of anything. Maybe he’ll break down his beloved Houston Rockets’ chances of unseating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference, or offer a slight glimpse into his rationale for cutting his once-flowing locks of hair. But he’s not about to get into a deep conversation about the state of ... read more

Scherzer uses live BP session vs. Harper for instant feedback

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - With such a short timeframe between reporting day and the open of Grapefruit League play, the Nationals are trying to squeeze a lot into only a few full-squad workouts. Position players have only officially been in camp for two days but already they’ve done the kind of baserunning drills typically reserved for later in spring and held two days’ worth ... read more

Contract official, Benoit tries to fit right in with Nats bullpen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - JoaquĆ­n Benoit has played for good teams and bad teams. He has appeared in 20 postseason games (three of those in the World Series) and he’s played out the string in September for clubs that were going nowhere. Now 40, with far fewer days ahead of him than behind him, Benoit’s priorities have changed. When looking for a job this ... read more

Nats hitters excited to jump aboard Long’s launch angle train

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It takes less than three minutes listening to Kevin Long talk about hitting to fully understand this guy is operating on a different level from mere mortals. Want to know what the batting average on all ground balls put into play is? Long knows (.220). Want to know the average distance from the side of the rubber that a right-hander ... read more