Thames working hard on his defense at first base

Eric Thames has been playing first base almost exclusively in every Nationals simulated game this week. Before and after the simulated games, Thames is taking ground balls at first base, focusing on getting better on defense. Many believe Thames will be employed by Nationals manager Davey Martinez as the team’s designated hitter, but the ultimate Nats lineup for 2020 would be having Thames and Howie ... read more

Corbin pitches well in simulated game; protocols annoy Thames

The Nationals extended Saturday’s sim game into the fifth inning, one inning more than they played on Friday. Left-hander Patrick Corbin was the featured starter, allowing one run over three innings. Innings were stopped when he reached 13-14 pitches. “Pat threw the ball well. We wanted to keep him under 40 pitches, he threw 43, but he said he felt good,” said Nationals manager Davey ... read more

Eaton on playing in empty stadiums: “We are nothing without our fans”

In a world fighting through the coronavirus pandemic, baseball will begin the season with no fans in the stands. So how important is crowd noise to the players and to the coaches? Will there be an advantage or disadvantage in hearing what everyone is saying, having it echo throughout the field and the park? Nationals manager Davey Martinez understands it is a unique situation. The ... read more

Eaton trying to keep it loose on field during this anxious time

Adam Eaton got to stand in for a couple of at-bats against right-hander Stephen Strasburg in Friday’s morning sim game. He jokingly acted like he was going to bunt early on in the first at-bat, smiling as he returned to the batter’s box. The right fielder ended up lining out to center field and then later grounded out back to Strasburg. All in all, he ... read more

Martinez impressed with how well the big four stuck to shutdown plan

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer looked ready to go with his 48 pitches in his first summer training sim game at Nats Park. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has his sim game today. Right-hander Aníbal Sánchez threw more than 60 pitches on Thursday. Left-hander Patrick Corbin is expected to throw tomorrow. The Nationals want to make sure their big four are good to go for the 2020 season, ... read more

Players, staff respond with joy at finally receiving World Series rings

It was another special day for the Nationals at Nationals Park, as players and staff received their 2019 World Series championship rings prior to Thursday’s batting practice and on-field workouts. Left-hander Patrick Corbin unveiled his ring on Twitter and outfielder Adam Eaton had his reveal recorded and put up on his Instagram account. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg received his ring, too, but admitted he was worried ... read more

Martinez details plan for first week of intrasquad games

The Nationals gave a glimpse of how they run mini sim games on Wednesday at Nats Park, the highlight being a chance for Max Scherzer to pitch for three innings with teammates taking at-bats against the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Eric Thames, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, Michael A. Taylor and others got at least three at-bats apiece to feel what it would be like ... read more

Scherzer grunts his way through three innings in Nats’ first sim game

The Nationals took their first big step back to live baseball today with an intrasquad game in the early afternoon at Nats Park. The highlight was watching three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, in his home white uniform with red numerals and blue trim, on the bump grunting his way through each pitch for three innings, firing 48 pitches. “He looked good,” said Nationals ... read more