The First Workout? Yes, It Went Well
You could make a calendar just from the images of the Nats' two-hour workout this morning. It was windy, no warmer than 65 by the end, but the sun was just strong enough to give everybody a long morning shadow. As pitchers and catchers stretched, Manager Manny Acta and new coach Marquis Grissom both leaned on their bats. Bob Boone chatted with Pat Corrales, union of 28 years of major league catching experience. A strength coach stood tall among the pack of bending, twisting players, shouting, "If you don't feel the pull, you're not doing it right."
Pitchers moved from drill to drill in 10-minute intervals, sent jogging by the sound of an airhorn. Most eyes, including those of Acta and (at least initially) GM Jim Bowden, were on what folks here call the "ten-pack," a rectangular area with 10 pitching mounds, each positioned near the next like boxes at a driving range.
In all, 13 pitchers worked off the mound today.
In group 1 -- Jason Bergmann, Mike Hinckley, Collin Balester, Joel Hanrahan, Ross Detwiler
In group 2 -- Garrett Mock, Steven Shell, John Lannan, Terrell Young
In group 3 -- Josh Towers, Jesus Colome, Scott Olsen, Jordan Zimmermann
Across the board, coaches left the day feeling good about the practice. (Of course, I'm still waiting to hear about the first opening workout day tirade.) Acta described it as "your typical first day, a lot of enthusiasm. A lot of eager kids."
Pitching coach Randy St. Claire paid particular attention to the new arms in camp, especially Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler. St. Claire had conducted a special session with Detwiler in the middle of last season, and then traveled to watch him this offseason in the Arizona Fall League, advising him on how to smooth out the angles in his delivery. Today, Detwiler was "the best I've seen him," St. Claire said, so "I know he worked really hard on it."
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