With spring training just a few days away, this past week was a rather slow one for the Nationals. However, there were a few minor league signings this week, in addition to positive news regarding recoveries from injuries, that made headlines.
The Nats' top pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Lucas Giolito, is recovering from his Tommy John surgery in August, as he has started tossing a baseball again.
Catcher Wilson Ramos tweeted that he was close to being ready to play after he was sidelined for most of last season following knee surgery. His tweets came almost immediately after news broke that the Nats had signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league deal, which includes a spring training invitation.
The Nats signed right-handed pitcher Jeremy Accardo and pitcher-turned-first baseman Micah Owings to minor league deals with invitations to spring training on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
As spring training starts in three days, the Nats will soon see the effects of their offseason acquisitions, including the impact of Denard Span in the leadoff spot and Rafael Soriano in the closer role.
This week, news broke that the Cardinals' hurler Chris Carpenter will probably not pitch in 2013 due to a nerve injury. Over his career, he posted impressive numbers versus the Nats, including a win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series last season.
In case you missed it, read more on these stories and other headlines:
* Minor league rosters being filled in
* Who needs to step up for the Nats?
* Corey Brown looking to crack Nats outfield
* Reflecting on the Gio Gonzalez trade a year later