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Nationals Journal: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Detwiler: hip injury grew worse this winter

Speaking to the media for the first time since undergoing hip surgery Feb. 15, Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler on Saturday said the injury bothered him some last season but grew much worse when he began preparing for spring training beginning...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 20, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Rizzo on Strasburg, Desmond, Dunn, etc.

Just a few minutes ago, GM Mike Rizzo spent some time chatting with the media about ... well, whatever happened to be on the minds of the media. The 15-minute session touched on Stephen Strasburg, bullpen jobs, starting pitching depth,...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 20, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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From Viera, Day II

I caught a good portion of SportsCenter while cranking out some miles on the treadmill this morning, and of course everybody was talking about Tiger, and at one point Tom Rinaldi described his Friday afternoon news conference as a the...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 20, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Day One notes

Well, Day One of spring training 2010 is wrapping up. And I just filed a story on Chien-Ming Wang, the pitcher whose news conference seemed more like an exercise in international relations. Three more semi-extraneous things to note, perhaps deserving...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 19, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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A crowd for CMW

OK, so the Chien-Ming Wang press conference is over. The fishwrap story (posted here later this afternoon) will contain greater detail, but here are the quick-hit observations. First of all, CMW attracts plenty of attention. Roughly twenty media members...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 19, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Nats win arbitration case against Burnett

At least with respect to arbitration cases, the Washington Nationals have started the season undefeated. A three-person panel on Friday determined that relief pitcher Sean Burnett will earn $775,000 in 2010, not the $925,000 he requested. Earlier in the week,...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 19, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Beat writer update; good morning from Viera

Good morning from Viera, where this year the "You-Pick-2" describes not just the Panera Bread menu, but also Washington's search for a fourth and fifth starter. Seriously, I'm pumped to be here and focused on the Nats 117 percent. (My...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 19, 2010; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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The Nationals' top 10 questions for spring training

Just arrived in Orlando, Fla., ready to handle about a week of spring training coverage until my yet-unnamed replacement (sorry, just following company orders; I am winking as I type this) arrives. Anyway, before I drive to Melbourne in the...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 18, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Tags: chien-ming wang, jim riggleman adam dunn, matt capps, scott olsen, spring training, washington nationals  
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Detwiler has hip surgery, out for 10-12 weeks

Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who entered this spring as one of the top candidates to win an open spot in the Nationals' rotation, had surgery Monday to repair a torn hip flexor and won't be able to throw for the next...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 18, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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The Nationals' teeming scrum of humanity

More players trickled into the Nationals' spring training camp this morning -- pitchers Matt Capps, Joel Peralta and Bradley Meyers, and catchers Jesus Flores (who did not work out) and Derek Norris. There were some staff members also present on...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 18, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Ron Villone is back

Last season, Ron Villone was a central figure in the Washington Nationals' bullpen, first stabilizing it in May, largely destabilizing it thereafter. The lefty didn't allow a run during his first 20 appearances. After June 11, Villone had a 6.54...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Bruney loses arbitration case

Nats relief pitcher Brian Bruney lost his arbitration case in a decision handed out Wednesday, meaning he will earn $1.5 million this year, not the $1.85 million he requested. According to Bruney, Washington argued for the lesser of those salaries...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 17, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Potomac Nats' Strasburg plan

This was reported elsewhere yesterday (namely, by MASNsports.com), but here's Dan Steinberg's take on the Potomac Nationals' early marketing of Stephen Strasburg....

By Alexa Steele  |  February 17, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Panera, Bruney, 99 problems

Morning notes Greetings from Panera Bread on The Avenue in Viera, where the ghost of a certain former Nats beat writer still permeates the place. (Note to Barry, if you're reading this in Vancouver: There's now a Five Guys at...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 17, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Ian Desmond  
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Wang contract details, arbitration cases

A couple notes... * This is confirmed: Chien-Ming Wang's contract will pay him $2 million in 2010. He can earn up to $3 million in incentives. Also, he's already passed a physical -- yet another sign that this deal was...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 16, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Nats reach deal with Wang

[UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.] Throughout the first portion of the offseason, the Washington Nationals remodeled their team by signing a half-dozen free agents, each serving a particular purpose and place. But the Nationals, on Tuesday, opted for a far different strategy...

By Chico Harlan and Dave Sheinin  |  February 16, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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A few nuggets (chicken and otherwise) from Viera

Let me be the first to offer you those magical words you've been waiting to hear: Greetings from Viera. Having found the trusty Viera Starbucks to be too crowded this morning, I am hunkered down at the Chick-fil-A on the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 16, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Strasburg era set to begin

Dave Sheinin is already in Viera, Fla., where a few players have already shown up to prepare for spring training -- including Stephen Strasburg. "It's exciting. There's just a different kind of buzz here this year," said third baseman Ryan...

By Alexa Steele  |  February 16, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Your official spring training 25-man roster prediction

Spring training, were it ever depicted visually, might resemble the shape of a funnel -- wide open at the top, narrow on the bottom. Sixty-some players (or more) report at the beginning. And weeks later, only 25 emerge, ready for...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 15, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Washington Nationals sign Willy Taveras to minor league deal

Adding depth to their outfield, the Nationals on Monday signed Willy Taveras to a minor league deal, a contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Potentially, Taveras could make the team as a fourth or fifth outfielder. The 28-year-old,...

By Chico Harlan  |  February 15, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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