Pitchers and catchers set to work out today
There was a different look and feel to the Nationals' clubhouse this morning. First of all, it was jam-packed. There was less milling about in mesh shorts and random T-shirts and more players standing at or close by their locker dressed in their new, red official spring training jersey. Team officials, from General Manager Mike Rizzo to various minor league coaches, stood in the room. Nationals spring training is starting for real.
Pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout this morning. First, they are meeting as a group, led by Rizzo and Riggleman. Afterward, they will split into groups and throw bullpen sessions and run sprints and play catch and started preparing, in earnest, for the 2011 baseball season.
Except for one of them.
Stephen Strasburg was in the clubhouse, too, in uniform by about 8 a.m. His workout, of course, will be different than the rest of his teammates. If he throws at all, it will only be gentle tosses. Afterward, around noon or so, he will meet with the media.
We'll have that covered, and more, later today.
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