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Latest on Nats' long list of injured players


Latest on Nats' long list of injured players

Matt Williams was asked for the latest on his long list of injured players on Monday and before answering he paused and smiled.

"Alright, let me step back," he said as he motioned with his hands as if he had to count them all up.

There wasn't a ton of new information to share on Monday, but there were a lot of names to get to. Here is the latest...

**Jayson Werth (broken left wrist) will continue his rehab with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on Monday night. Anthony Rendon (strained left quad) will play with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Monday in his second rehab assignment game. Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) is back with the team after playing with Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. He took batting practice at Nationals Park on Monday afternoon.

"Zim is here with us today for a workout. He played two innings last night and did well, no issues," Williams said. "We'll put him through another extensive session today. He'll run the bases again. He came out of last night feeling good, though."

"We feel good about where they're at so far. The games that they've played, they've come through fine. We'll start ramping those innings and pushing them a little bit further. It's all predicated on how they feel. No issues so far. Knock on wood and we'll go from there."

**Denard Span (back tightness) continues to rest after receiving a cortisone shot in his back last Monday.

"Denard is progressing with his strengthening exercises. Once he gets through all of those he'll get to some baseball activities and go. We've gotta make sure that we don't have a setback with him with regard to the back. Those exercises are key. It's a progression, so he's gotta get through them all," Williams said.

**Stephen Strasburg (strained left oblique) is still progressing through his throwing program and hopes to throw a bullpen session in the coming days.

"He's working towards [a bullpen session]. He did some towel stuff, some towel drills like he ordinarily does. But that was off the mound yesterday, so that's a good step. Flat ground again today and we'll look to a bullpen in the next couple of days," Williams said.

**David Carpenter (right shoulder inflammation) is also in a throwing program. He has tested his shoulder by throwing off flat ground in the outfield at Nationals Park.

"He's in a throwing program. We'll get back to him on a mound and letting it fly. That's still unknown at this point. But at least he's back to a throwing program and going," Williams said.

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats. 


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Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches


Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches

We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.

Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:

It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.

Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.