Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: AdamKilgoreWP and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS

Nationals Journal: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Updates: Nationals vs. Mets

I'll provide periodic updates throughout the game. ... 4:06: The Nationals entered today with a 12.75 ERA, and that has gone up. Sean Burnett blew up in the ninth inning. The Mets greeted him with a single and a double...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Jesus Flores's shoulder and Jason Marquis's bat

First, a quick update on catcher Jesus Flores, who is recovering from surgery on the labrum in his right shoulder: He still has not swung a bat this spring and he has still not set any kind of timetable for...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Today's lineup

With John Lannan, the likely Opening Day starter, getting his first spring start today at Space Coast Stadium against the Mets, this is the lineup that wll be behind him: Nationals 1. Nyjer Morgan, CF 2. Cristian Guzman, DH 3....

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

John Lannan likely to start Opening Day for the Nationals

The Washington Nationals are leaning toward naming John Lannan their Opening Day starter, but the decision has not yet been finalized, manager Jim Riggleman said this morning. The Nationals have aligned their rotation to let Lannan pitch April 5 versus...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Zimmerman leftovers and morning links

A team's best player is going to lead his teammates, but that doesn't mean he'll lead them in the right direction. That's one slice of why the Nationals feel so fortunate to have Ryan Zimmerman on their side. Zimmerman is...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Breaking down two days of bad Nationals pitching

The Nationals pitching staff has been beat around for two days, and that's never good, no matter when or who's out there. But take a look at the parties responsible for the team's 12.75 ERA.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2010; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Tags: nationals pitching, nationals spring training  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Updates: Nationals vs. Braves

I'll provide some periodic updates throughout the game .... 4:10 Change of plans -- I'm back up for the end. The Nationals lost, 11-8, but Ian Desmond helped his chaces to stick with the team with six RBI and a...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Roger Bernadina is vying to make the Nationals, one year after bad break derailed his season

Last season, Roger Bernadina flashed his vast potential as an outfielder on the same play that torpedoed his progress toward fulfilling it. In the eighth inning of his first start of the season, Bernandina raced back to the centerfield wall,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Today's lineup

The Nationals boarded their bus at 9 a.m. for Lake Buena Vista, and they'll play the Braves today at 1:05 using this lineup: Nationals 1. Roger Bernadina, LF 2. Adam Kennedy, 2B 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B 4. Adam Dunn Chris...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Drew Storen's fast-track mind and morning links

The first time Drew Storen climbed a mound with the Nationals this spring training, pitching coach Steve McCatty watched Storen work furiously. Pitch, catch the ball, pitch. It was the Day 1 of pitchers and catchers, and this was supposed...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2010; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Day 1 of Nationals' spring schedule is in the books

Reliever Jason Bergmann, one of two Washington Nationals pitchers who surrendered a home run on his very first pitch on the very first day of spring training games, summarized the feeling in the Nationals clubhouse afterward. "The good thing is,"...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 4, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Catching up with Austin Kearns

Austin Kearns came to the Washington Nationals via the signature trade of the Jim Bowden era -- the eight-player deal with the Cincinnati Reds in July 2006 -- and departed, 3 ½ years and $17.5 million later, as one of...

By Dave Sheinin  |  March 4, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Nationals ready to play: 'It's been a while'

The Nationals are taking batting practice here at Osceola County Stadium, preparing for their first game of spring training. It's a day players have been looking forward to. "It's been a while," catcher Wil Nieves said while playing catch by...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 4, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Nationals in-game chat

Join Post Nationals beat writer Adam Kilgore for a live chat during today's Nationals' split-squad game against the Houston Astros. Nationals Chat...

By Gene Wang  |  March 4, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Game time for Nationals

Spring training means different things to different players. Some use it as a tuneup. Some use it as an argument for why they should be on the roster. Some, like Jordan Zimmermann, use it as a means to recover. For...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 4, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Checking in with Jack McGeary

This is the toughest part of the year for Jack McGeary. "Definitely," he said. From noon to 4:30 p.m., he worked out with the rest of the Nationals' accelerated camp, which was normal enough. But here's guessing McGeary is the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 3, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Mike Morse wants to make it, anywhere

In 2001, about a year after the Chicago White Sox drafted him as a shortstop in the third round, Mike Morse met Alex Rodriguez in Florida. Morse stands 6-5, the kind of frame that turns shortstops into something else. Rodriguez...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 3, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Tomorrow's lineups

Below are the lineups for tomorrow's split-squad games for the Nationals. Josh Willingham isn't in either, but he is scheduled to arrive in Viera tonight, and he's doing well. Cristian Guzman is not, either; he's likely headed back to Washington...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 3, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Garrett Mock plans to attack

Garrett Mock, one of the multitude of candidates to fill an Opening Day rotation spot for the Nationals, will make his first appearance Thursday in a split-squad game. Mock finished last season in the rotation, and his place this season,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 3, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Where Justin Maxwell fits in

All of the starting positions in the Nationals spring training, like first base, have more or less been decided. The bench is an entirely different matter. Willie Harris and Wil Nieves are basic locks, and after them the wheat...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 3, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Pete Orr, a happy Canadian

On Sunday, the Nationals broke their huddle after stretching by chanting "U-S-A!" It was directed at Pete Orr, a Canadian, on the morning of the gold medal hockey game. Yesterday, Orr got some revenge. He put on a Canada...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 2, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Today in Stephen Strasburg

Wind and rain kept away the crowds to the point that Stephen Strasburg's live batting practice session this morning felt pretty much normal. His stuff, of course, is still anything but. He faced Eric Bruntlett, Willy Taveras, Roger Bernadina,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 2, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Bog: Nyjer on ice

From Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog, more on the "Nyjer Morgan used to play hockey" story. Leave it to Comcast SportsNet, though, to get something I hadn't previously seen: video of young Tony Plush whizzing around on skates. I'm not...

By Alexa Steele  |  March 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

A quick and not very uplifting Jesus Flores update

Jesus Flores is not feeling defeated in his rehab from shoulder surgery, but there are days he comes close. Yesterday, he wanted to throw 120 feet, but the weakness in his right should wouldn't let him move past 90. He...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 2, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Stephen Strasburg's starting point

There is little doubt Stephen Strasburg will begin this year as a minor leaguer, and yet his launching point -- like his bullpen sessions and everything else he does -- remains a dominant topic of discussion. This morning, manager Jim...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 2, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

They're real, and are they spectacular?

First, the Nationals say they expect to win. And now they've gone and got, as Boz writes, "real pitchers." The influx of candidates to fill rotation spots behind John Lannan, Jason Marquis and a healthy Scott Olsen has created a...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 2, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

One year later, Mike Rizzo reflects

One year ago today, Jim Bowden walked to the center of the Nationals clubhouse, a Starbucks coffee cup in his hand, and told the players, "I am resigning as general manager of the Washington Nationals." Bowden, after four years...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 1, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Brian Bruney is one intense dude

Not often does live batting practice on a back field in March reveal much about a new player's character. But today, throwing his second such session of the spring, Brian Bruney showed something about the kind of pitcher the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 1, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Adam Dunn takes the mound

This morning before the Nationals began their fundamental drill for the day (first-and-third situations), Adam Dunn provided the most un-fundamental drill of spring camp. He walked to the mound, grabbed a ball, and started to pitch. Dunn threw about...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 1, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Figuring out the last spots in the Nationals bullpen

The final makeup of the Nationals bullpen, like the makeup of their bench and the makeup of the back end of their starting rotation, is a murky matter. Matt Capps, Brian Bruney and Sean Burnett are locks, while Tyler Clippard...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 1, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

More Martin on Monday morning

There are two sides to Rafael Martin's story and how he arrived in the Nationals spring training accellerated camp, the incredible career path and the business. Martin has become a potential big leaguer after Hollywood twists -- he worked for...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 1, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

John Lannan or Jason Marquis?

Jim Riggleman has mapped out who will pitch once spring training games begin, giving the ball to J.D. Martin and Garrett Mock for the two split-squad games March 4 at Florida and at Houston. On March 5, Miguel Batista will...

By Adam Kilgore  |  February 28, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

'Personal matter' keeping Josh Willingham home

Left fielder Josh Willingham did not arrive at Nationals spring training today and it will be "a few more days yet, at least" until he does, Manager Jim Riggleman said. Willingham's wife gave birth to a son last Tuesday night,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  February 28, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Easy like Sunday morning

Every day, Jim Riggleman focuses on one fundamental piece of team defense and then runs the Nationals through the drill. Yesterday, as you see above, they worked on run downs. Elijah Dukes sent the team into stitches at one...

By Adam Kilgore  |  February 28, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company