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Posted at 9:11 AM ET, 02/17/2011

Pitchers and catchers set to work out today

By Adam Kilgore

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.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 17, 2011; 9:11 AM ET
 
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Yes! So excited for baseball in general and the Nats specifically. The arrival of spring has cured my miserable grouchiness and myopic taunting.

Posted by: P00PY__MCP00P | February 17, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The arrival of spring has cured my miserable grouchiness and myopic taunting.
Posted by: P00PY__MCP00P | February 17, 2011 9:54 AM
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Sure, jackanape, when pigs fly.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | February 17, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm almost in tears thinking that if SS had not been hurt, it would have been him to start opening day and I would be there to see it! What a grand day that would have been. Is it too early to say, "wait till next year"?

Posted by: SnydertheBum | February 17, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Curious of everyone's opinion on this. Although who pitches opening day is pretty insignificant in the long run, in the short term it is pretty symbolic.
Nats are trying to get a new reputation etc. Why name Livo, who we all love but is definitely a symbol of the past, the starter already when things haven't even really begun yet? Maybe Zimm, who would be a bright symbol of the future blazes thru spring training. Wouldn't putting him on the mound signify a new beginning.
What do you guys think? I really don't understand the timing or reason for naming Livo the opening day pitcher now.
Thoughts?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | February 17, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@upperdeck4,

That's the "faux" or anti-Poopy the McFail's Ori-hole's fan. Not Poopy.

Posted by: periculum | February 17, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-Well, it's that time of the year again! Thank the Gods! And to start out on an appropriately far-fetched note....8 years, 30 million for Albert! Hey, as I've noted before, my pre-Nats (and lifelong) team was the Cards (and O's). Still root for em but for the Cards to low-ball Albert the way they did.....
Any Hoo -this man is vaunted for any number of reasons, but his intensity and dedication to the game-WHO better to "tutor" young Mr. Harper? We can debate the insanity of the money involved, but that's the going rate. And the Lerners (I've dropped the "Slows" moniker-for now!) not only have the money to pay Albert, but I figure they owe us some "back salary", just like Albert. And this could really jump-start DC as a top baseball market in terms of fan interest (and money spent!). If Philly and Boston can flirt with 170 mil payrolls....well, I admit this is mostly wishful thinking. But really...we could DO this! AND make it WORK! Now...if our pitchers could just perform up to potential just ONCE (we're due for some good baseball karma!)...Ahhh, I can FEEL that first series ring!
Like I said, I'm just giddy that the game is back so forgive my dreaming but Hey....
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | February 17, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Could the 2012 Nats starting lineup include Albert, Bryce and Stephen? Wouldn't that be something to dream about?

Posted by: NatsSince1967 | February 17, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@upperdeck4,

That's the "faux" or anti-Poopy the McFail's Ori-hole's fan. Not Poopy.

Posted by: periculum | February 17, 2011 11:33 AM
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Sorry Peri. Missed it.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | February 17, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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