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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Jayson Werth, bearded, arrives in Viera

By Adam Kilgore

Jayson Werth arrived in the Nationals clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium this morning and answered one of the more pressing questions of spring training: Yes, he grew his beard back following his shorn showing at his introductory press conference.

"I'm not trying to compete with that," mustachioed reliever Collin Balester said.

When Ian Desmond spotted Werth, he told him, "Your beard is strong." To that, Werth replied, "strong to quite strong, actually."

Aside from that, it was a quiet Day 1 for Werth in Viera. He lifted weights, played catch and took soft-toss batting practice with Ryan Zimmerman. He politely passed on an interview, saying he'd speak with reporters once things get going later this week.

Werth was one of several Nationals position players to get a jump on spring training. Along with Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Nyjer Morgan were the Nationals regulars who worked out.

Pitchers and catchers officially report tomorrow for the Nationals, but just about every pitcher aside from Livan Hernandez threw today, and the catching crew is here in full aside from Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos.

I'll have much more from Viera soon.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 14, 2011; 1:00 PM ET
 
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Headline should read:

"Jayson Werth, bearded, arrives in Viera.....wishes he had resigned with Phils"


Of course the team up the road in Baltimore are getting their 2011 season started as they march towards not only a playoff appearance but a trip to the World Series.

Meanwhile, the Natinals will lose over 100 games. They'll be that terrible and will probably pull up stakes and leave for Portland after the season.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 14, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

A new story-line emerges...

Better mullet - Morse or Werth?

Posted by: Kavorka | February 14, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Adam,

When I opened my Washington Post on the Sunday before spring training began around baseball, I found not one story on the Nats or baseball. Likewise, today. Contrast that with the NY Times. The Post worries about subscriptions but ignores baseball fans and refers us to a web site. Don't get it?

Posted by: JamesFan2 | February 14, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's play two!!!

Posted by: shanks1 | February 14, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Adam,

When I opened my Washington Post on the Sunday before spring training began around baseball, I found not one story on the Nats or baseball. Likewise, today. Contrast that with the NY Times. The Post worries about subscriptions but ignores baseball fans and refers us to a web site. Don't get it?

Posted by: JamesFan2 | February 14, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yay!! It's baseball season!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | February 14, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Of course the team up the road in Baltimore are getting their 2011 season started as they march towards not only a playoff appearance but a trip to the World Series.
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Yes, I understand MLB is going to use the O's to pick up the trash and clean the toilets during the playoffs and world series...

Posted by: bromisky | February 14, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

P00PY_MCP00P great name for someone from Baltimore. Just perfect!

"Baltimore is a Dirty Ugly City"
Norm Mcdonald

Posted by: frediemac1 | February 14, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

JamesFan2 certainly expresses my views when he writes that the Post is lacking in baseball coverage.

Sorry to see such a proud franchise sink so low.

One other point -- Adam, your story links to one by Dan Steinberg about Werth's beard. Steinberg writes that the uniforms in the clubhouse are "a bit more orderly than the beard." What? Why is his beard 'disorderly?' Looked pretty neat and, yes, strong to me.

Posted by: ddozier | February 14, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone thinking that the Post is ignoring Nationals baseball isn't reading the entire paper. They're ignoring EVERYTHING.

Posted by: rjyoung | February 14, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm not usually this picky, but thought this sounded weird...

"and the catching crew is here in full aside from Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos."

How can the catching crew be there in full if the top 2 on the depth chart aint there?

Just sayin'

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 14, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope Roger Bernadina arrives with a dorsal fin shaped mohawk. Shark attack, baby!

Posted by: terrycalcium | February 14, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm not usually this picky, but thought this sounded weird...

"and the catching crew is here in full aside from Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos."

How can the catching crew be there in full if the top 2 on the depth chart aint there?

Just sayin'

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 14, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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