A tour through the Nationals’ new spring training complex

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Before we get started, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the kind words and well wishes over the last week. For those who don’t know, my mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly late last Monday night. I flew back to Washington the next morning and was home all week, helping my wife, our son, my father-in-law and ... read more

Strasburg vs. Harper showdown highlights first live BP session

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - There’s not that much to it, and it hardly is a true representation of the pitcher-batter confrontations that will take place nightly not long from now. But at this early stage of the spring, the sight of live batting practice always perks everybody up. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that the games themselves are fast approaching. The Nationals held ... read more

Scherzer won’t throw off mound until he’s pain-free

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and participating in pitchers fielding practice to maintain his agility. ... read more

Glover leveraging first big league camp into a learning experience

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Under normal circumstances, a rookie pitcher in his first major league spring training would be a fly on the wall. He’d say little, listen a lot and hope he lasted long enough in camp to glean something from the older veterans with something to offer him. But nothing about Nationals right-hander Koda Glover is ordinary. Not his imposing look on ... read more

Baker’s message before first full-squad workout: “It’s going to be tougher”

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The first full-squad workout of spring training is old hat for Nationals manager Dusty Baker. Baker doesn’t feel it’s necessary to see every player each day. So if he missed Bryce Harper taking batting practice - or the barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat sent to him by the folks at “The Walking Dead” that the slugger toted to the practice field ... read more

Unfinished business motivates Werth in final year of deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Last May 11, Jayson Werth was batting .196 and wondering whether his thrice-broken left wrist was ever going to be strong enough to help him power through his swing. Six years into the seven-year, $126 million contract he signed in December 2010, Werth often looked overmatched, and some wondered whether he’d ever be a regular contributor again. “After like the ... read more

Kelley on Nats’ search for a closer: “Everybody started somewhere”

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Shawn Kelley understands the intense scrutiny Nationals manager Dusty Baker faces as he tries to come up with a plan for who will close games. But Kelley wishes the fans up in arms about the possibility of an inexperienced closer taking over the ninth inning would keep one thing in mind. “Everybody wants the big innings, but there’s a lot ... read more

Eaton craves opportunity to ignite offense for Nationals

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - He’s yet to take part in an official spring training workout, and his first Grapefruit League game is still six days away, but new Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton is already feeling comfortable enough in his new surroundings to dream about what might me. From his stall at the end of veterans’ row in the Nationals clubhouse, he peers to ... read more