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Yunel Escobar was scratched from Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets due to general soreness.

The soreness is apparently due to the extra work he has been putting in with his transition to second base. He should be ready to go in a day or so.
Mar 5 - 4:11 PM

Jayson Werth (shoulder) hit off a tee Wednesday.

It wasn't much -- he only took 10 swings -- but it was a step in the right direction for Werth, who underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The veteran outfield has some hurdles to cross, but he remains hopeful of being ready for the season.
Mar 4 - 10:57 AM

Max Scherzer will start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Mets.

Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington over the winter, is expected to throw two innings in his first outing with his new club. He's expected to be followed by Tanner Roark, who currently projects to pitch out of the bullpen this season.
Mar 3 - 1:32 PM

Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons.
Mar 3 - 9:16 AM

Nationals signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gwynn, 32, hit just .152/.264/.190 over 80 games for the Phillies last season and had to wait it out until March to find a job, but he finally has one. He'll face a major uphill battle to win an Opening Day roster spot but offers the Nats some veteran depth in the minors.
Mar 2 - 8:59 PM

Matt Purke (elbow) is hoping to throw off a mound within the next couple weeks.

Purke is currently limited to long-tossing as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The injury-prone left-hander will be out until around midseason and is no longer on the Nats' 40-man roster.
Mar 2 - 8:01 PM

Michael Taylor has complained of some minor neck discomfort.

Taylor described it as a "twinge," but he was able to work out Sunday and should be a full participant in drills and games this week. "Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him," manager Matt Williams said Monday. "He is full go. He is ready to play." The 23-year-old should be busy this spring in the Grapefruit League with Jayson Werth recovering from shoulder surgery.
Source: MLBlogs
Mar 2 - 9:11 AM

Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring.
Mar 2 - 8:37 AM

Nationals signed LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hill will presumably compete for a spot as a situational left-hander in the Nats bullpen. The 34-year-old southpaw appeared in 14 games for the Yankees in 2014, posting a 1.69 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 9/3 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings.
Feb 27 - 8:46 PM

Yunel Escobar told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday that he is determined to become "one of the best second basemen in the National League."

Escobar had some initial misgivings about moving away from shortstop, but he met with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss the issue on the first day he reported to Nats camp in Florida. "After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable," Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. "I am going to play second base with an open mind."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 26 - 8:08 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Jayson Werth (shoulder) will be limited early on in spring training.

Werth underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The original timeline called for 2-3 months of rehab time and he's currently a little over six weeks into the process. He's aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but it's going to be close.
Feb 25 - 2:43 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that it's "safe to say" Bryce Harper will "most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

Williams primarily hit sixth last year, but he clearly sees Harper carrying a bigger load this season. That's good news for fantasy owners. Harper has appeared in just 218 games over the past two seasons due to injury, but he's still just 22 and could take things to another level at any time.
Feb 25 - 2:39 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that Denard Span (hernia) is cleared to be a "full-go" in workouts.

Span underwent surgery in December to repair a sports hernia, but he's fully recovered as spring training gets underway. The 30-year-old batted .302/.355/.416 with 31 stolen bases and 94 runs scored last season and should remain a valuable fantasy outfielder atop the Nationals' lineup.
Feb 25 - 2:35 PM

Erik Davis (elbow) threw his first bullpen session Tuesday since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

He's now set to throw three bullpen sessions per week over the next four weeks. "It's great. It's a good feeling because it's been over a year since I've been on the mound," Davis said. "It's a major milestone for me, but I understand that the work is not done. I'm going to keep working hard on the field." Davis likely won't be game-ready until around midseason. He can aim for a September call-up.
Feb 24 - 7:36 PM

Daniel Stange recently underwent labrum surgery.

The free agent right-hander is aiming to begin throwing in four months and will then try to latch on with a new team. Stange, 29, has logged only 5 2/3 career innings at the major league level. He posted a rough 3.64 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 43/34 K/BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings last season for the Nationals' Triple-A team.
Feb 23 - 3:46 PM

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