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Notes: Arms progressing; celebrations and more

@jessicacamerato
July 12, 2020

Nationals manager Dave Martinez was happy to welcome back his team for Summer Camp workouts. When he saw his starting pitchers arrive at Nationals Park, that added an extra smile. “I’m very encouraged that they followed what we put together for them during the off time,” Martinez said on Sunday.

Nats' Thames on 1B drills: 'I'm busting my butt'

Veteran slugger focused on defense during Summer Camp
@jessicacamerato
July 11, 2020

Heading into the 2020 season, first base had been one of the most stacked positions on the Nationals' roster. It would be up to manager Dave Martinez to juggle innings between Howie Kendrick, Eric Thames and Ryan Zimmerman on the field. Quickly, that veteran trio is down to one. Zimmerman

Nats have contingency plans for missing players

Kendrick, Robles, Soto among Nats absent from Summer Camp so far
@jessicacamerato
July 11, 2020

One week from the first exhibition game and less than two from Opening Day, the Nationals have yet to have all of their players cleared to participate in workouts. Among that group are key pieces to their roster -- Howie Kendrick, Victor Robles and Juan Soto. As the July 23

Nats' battle to be fifth starter down to two

@jessicacamerato
July 10, 2020

Erick Fedde and Austin Voth are no strangers to Nationals manager Dave Martinez. Between the two righties, they have thrown just under 200 innings and made 36 starts combined for Washington. As Martinez assesses both pitchers for the fifth-starter spot, the criteria for whom he selects has a lot to

Notes: Latest on Eaton, Strasburg, Scherzer

@jessicacamerato
July 10, 2020

Adam Eaton, like many players, had become accustomed to preparing for the upcoming season by putting in hours of work each day in the field. That annual routine was halted ahead of Eaton’s ninth Major League campaign when Spring Training was cancelled in March, and he returned to his home

Nats receive rings: 'Definitely worth the wait'

@jessicacamerato
July 9, 2020

What’s the best way to show off 23.2 carats of bling? Just ask Nationals manager Dave Martinez. He’s already got it down. Donning the Nationals' World Series gold uniform, a beaming Martinez held up his right hand to the camera to show off their 2019 championship rings. He didn’t need

Notes: Strasburg preps; Castro back; '21 slate

@jessicacamerato
July 9, 2020

Snapping back into game mode during workouts and throwing as dominantly as Stephen Strasburg did in the Nationals' 2019 World Series run could be enticing, especially with Opening Day just two weeks away. But until games commence on July 23, pitchers around Major League Baseball have to be intentional about

Notes: Kieboom motivated; Scherzer locked in

@jessicacamerato
July 8, 2020

Being tabbed a starting third baseman at the Major League level at 22 years old is no small accomplishment. For some, it’s cause for celebration. When Carter Kieboom was the recipient of that news, his mind went straight into work mode. “I’ll be honest with you,” Kieboom said on Tuesday.

Prospects we wanted to see in Futures Game

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
July 9, 2020

In a typical year, fans would have been able to watch some of baseball’s top prospects square off this weekend in the 22nd annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which had been scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at Dodger Stadium. But this isn’t a typical year, and due to the ongoing

Nats resume workouts, tests came back negative

@jessicacamerato
July 7, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals returned to the field on Tuesday after the team cancelled Monday’s workout because they had not received their COVID-19 test results from Friday. All of those tests came back negative. “Yesterday we had too many outstanding tests, and we didn’t have the information on the players

Nats-Yanks tilt headlines 2020 Opening Night

Dodgers-Giants only other season-opening matchup on July 23
@jessicacamerato
July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are the defending World Series champions and the 2020 Opening Night headliners. The 60-game regular-season schedule was announced Monday, and the Nats will host the Yankees on July 23 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Dodgers and the Giants will be the only other teams

Notes: Strasburg, Kieboom looking good

@jessicacamerato
July 7, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg ran laps around the warning track of Nationals Park during Tuesday’s workout. He had thrown a bullpen session in a mini-simulated game earlier, drawing praise from manager Dave Martinez. “He looked fantastic,” Martinez said. Strasburg is gearing up in Summer Camp for his 11th Major League

Nationals cancel workout for Monday

@jessicacamerato
July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals cancelled their workout on Monday because the team had not received the results of its COVID-19 tests from Friday. Tests are conducted every other day. Mike Rizzo, president of baseball operations and general manager, issued the following statement: “Per MLB’s protocol, all players and staff were

Two Nats players test positive for coronavirus

Nats manager Martinez stresses importance of following health guidelines
@jessicacamerato
July 5, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Two Nationals players have tested positive for COVID-19, manager Dave Martinez announced Sunday. The positive results were yielded from intake testing, and those players -- who were not identified -- have not been to Nationals Park. “It definitely hurts,” Martinez said. “One, you think about the player. Two,

Nats' new third baseman? Their No. 1 prospect

@jessicacamerato
July 4, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Turns out, the question of who will start on the hot corner for the Nationals doesn’t have to wait until the end of Summer Camp to be answered. “We’re definitely looking at Carter Kieboom to play third base for us,” manager Dave Martinez said on Day 2 of

Scherzer talks COVID-19 testing, rules, fans

@jessicacamerato
July 4, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer has walked into Nationals Park hundreds of times. But his first trip of the season was different than the previous five years. “It felt weird coming in,” Scherzer said Saturday. “It feels like an eternity since we were at Spring Training. So much has happened in

Nats focused on safety as title defense begins

@jessicacamerato
July 3, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The words "Stay in the fight" have come out of Nationals manager Dave Martinez's mouth countless times. On Friday, that same phrase covered his mouth as he settled in for a Zoom call with reporters, a mask donning the mantra in capitalized red letters over his face. For

MLB, MLBPA reveal first COVID-19 test results

July 3, 2020

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced Friday the first set of results for the COVID-19 testing conducted as part of the mandatory Intake Screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, prior to the workouts and full baseball activities that are beginning

Notes: Scherzer sim game; player pool updates

@jessicacamerato
July 3, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Baseball returned to Nationals Park on Friday morning for the first time since Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 27. Day 1 of Summer Camp began bright and early with workouts at 7:45 a.m. and ran through 5:30 p.m. Players had been split into groups for

Nationals agree to terms with 9 undrafted FAs

@jessicacamerato
July 1, 2020

After agreeing to terms with all six of their 2020 MLB Draft picks last week, the Nationals added to their prospect pool by agreeing to terms with nine non-drafted free agents on Wednesday. Following the shortened Draft, general manager Mike Rizzo said, “We have the freedom to sign all the

Here's the most electrifying star at each position

These are the summer blockbusters of ballplayers
@michaelsclair
July 2, 2020

With the baseball season on the way, there are so many things one has to do to prepare -- whether that's setting up a fantasy league or figuring out which brand of hot dogs you want to eat on Opening Day. But the most important is figuring out how to