Blanton, who signed with the Nationals on March 2, threw his first bullpen session that same day and a live batting practice session on Tuesday. He spent the offseason working out at Napa Valley Junior College, but he did not feel behind even though he joined camp so late.
On the other hand, it took a little longer than expected to get Wieters up to speed. His debut will come just over two weeks after he officially signed with the team and arrived at camp on Feb. 24. His progress was slowed by an offseason injury to his left wrist that prevented him from participating in baseball activities for 10 weeks. The injury occurred in the beginning of November and set him back in his preparation for the season for about two or three weeks.
Since joining the Nationals, Wieters has caught bullpen sessions to familiarize himself with the pitching staff. He caught Tuesday's live batting practice session with Blanton and Max Scherzer. The switch-hitting Wieters estimated he will need 20-30 at-bats from each side of the plate. He will also need to catch seven to nine games to feel ready for the start of the season.