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Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
Mar 28 - 10:45 AM

Jayson Werth is scheduled to play defense only in a minor league contest on Saturday.

Werth is still experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he's hitting, so he'll get his work in without stepping to the plate. At this point, it seems doubtful that he'll be in the Nationals starting lineup on Opening Day, but should be ready in early April.
Mar 28 - 10:17 AM

Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-3 days after jamming his left shoulder on a diving play in Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

The Nationals don't believe that the injury is serious and do not have an MRI scheduled. Zimmerman remains fully confident that he will be in the team's lineup on Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 9:16 AM

Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic.
Mar 27 - 10:21 PM

Jordan Zimmermann admitted Friday that the chances he signs a contract extension with the Nationals are "not looking good."

Zimmermann won't negotiate during the season, and he indicated that there's been little-to-no talks between his reps and the club. "I’m just not going to talk during the season," Zimmermann said. "If something gets done before then — which is probably pretty rare right now — then it gets done. But it’s not looking good." Zimmermann will earn $16.5 million this season before hitting the open market next winter.
Mar 27 - 5:43 PM

Jordan Zimmermann gave up one run over six innings as the Nationals and a Cardinals split-squad played to a 1-1 tie.

Zimmermann has been one of Florida's best pitchers, amassing a 1.37 ERA and a 15/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this spring. There's every reason to believe he'll be a top-20 fantasy starter again this year.
Mar 27 - 5:33 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano throw.

Wolfson adds that it's "possible they already watched him" throw. It's not clear how series Minnesota's interest in the free agent reliever is at this point. Soriano's market has been shockingly non-existent, as he was connected to the Blue Jays briefly but that was back in January. The reliever is working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami.
Mar 27 - 5:00 PM

Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
Mar 27 - 11:53 AM

Nationals re-assigned OF Derrick Robinson, INF/OF Cutter Dykstra, INF Emmanuel Burriss, C Steve Lerud, 1B Kila Ka'aihue and RHP Manny Delcarmen to minor league camp.

No surprises in this group. Robinson is an interesting potential bench guy because of his speed, but he's coming off a lost season due to shoulder surgery.
Mar 27 - 10:15 AM

Drew Storen (hand) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Storen is two weeks removed from surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left (non-throwing) hand. The Nationals' closer will be ready to roll for Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 9:41 AM

Bryce Harper (illness) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

Harper missed a couple days of action due to a stomach bug, but he's obviously feeling better. The outfielder is batting .231/.444/.385 with one homer this spring.
Mar 27 - 9:38 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

"You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
Mar 26 - 2:45 PM

Bryce Harper was sent home early from Nationals camp on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

Harper tried some light swinging but didn't feel so great. He's expected to return to Grapefruit League action Friday and he'll be in right field for the Nats on Opening Day. Harper has a homer, a stolen base, and an .829 OPS in 12 games this spring.
Mar 26 - 2:34 PM

Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings with a Grapefruit League-high nine strikeouts Wednesday against the Cardinals.

It's too bad for Scherzer that Opening Day isn't here already. He's been sharp right since the start of the spring, with an obscene 23/1 K/BB ratio in 20 innings.
Mar 25 - 5:59 PM

Jayson Werth (shoulder) took batting practice and played five innings in a minor league game Wednesday.

The Nationals will likely continue to keep him on the minor league side if they need to backdate a potential stint on the disabled list. Werth is still a possibility for Opening Day, but even if he misses it, it sounds like he'll be ready in the early part of the season.
Mar 25 - 11:21 AM

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