Steve Lombardozzi, a former Nationals utility player who became a fan favorite in 2012, is officially back with the organization, CSN Mid-Atlantic has confirmed. The 27-year-old infielder's contract was purchased by Washington from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Independent League on Monday afternoon.
Lombardozzi is expected to report to Triple-A Syracuse.
Lombardozzi returns to the Nationals organization for the first time since December of 2013 when he was sent to the Detroit Tigers in a four-player traded that netted the Nats pitcher Doug Fister.
Lombardozzi has since spent time with the Tigers, Orioles and White Sox. In five MLB seasons, Lombardozzi has a .263 batting average in 289 total games.
Known by the nickname 'Lombo,' he spent three seasons with the Nationals from 2011-13, playing in a career-high of 126 games in 2012 when they posted the best record in baseball. That year he hit .273 with three homers and 27 RBI.
Lombardozzi was leading the Atlantic League with a .367 batting average through 166 at-bats with the Waldorf, Md.-based Blue Crabs.
Lombardozzi grew up in nearby Columbia, Md. and went to Atholton High School.
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.
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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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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.