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Updated: Dusty interested to see how Glover rebounds from off outing

Updated: Dusty interested to see how Glover rebounds from off outing

Updated: 6:50 p.m.

In Koda Glover, the Nationals believe they have a young reliever who is ready to pitch high leverage innings, despite the fact he's only 23 and just 15 months ago was an eighth round draft pick out of Oklahoma State University.

He's only appeared in 13 games at the big league level and just 59 total as a professional, including the minors. But his potential is obvious. He throws a high-90s fastball with movement, a sharp slider and has a menacing attitude they absolutely love.

But on Friday night, Glover hit one of his first obstacles as a big leaguer. Glover had allowed runs before, but it wasn't until Friday against the Phillies that he had both blown a save and been charged with the runs that came in.

Glover's big mistake was a three-run homer to Cameron Rupp. That came in the top of the eighth and it tied the game to set up Trea Turner's walk-off homer in the ninth.

"I didn't have any command of any of my stuff and that's the first time that's happened in my career," Glover said. "I'm an aggressive pitcher, but at the same time you've gotta be a smart pitcher. Two sliders in a row where I missed my spot. I fell behind in the count and I go with the fastball and he [freaking] hit it. That's how it goes."

It didn't up mattering much, as the Nats won. But manager Dusty Baker sees this is an opportunity to see what Glover is made of. How he bounces back will reveal plenty to him as a coach.

"We'll see. This is all part of the process. This is all part of the process of being a big leaguer," Baker explained. 

"The thing about the bullpen, especially late in the game, you have to be able to forget yesterday. You know what I mean? I've seen the best give them up. Even Mariano Rivera, he gave them up sometimes. The mark of a reliever - and most of them are kind of eccentric and on the crazy side - but they have the ability to forget yesterday, especially if it was bad. We'll see."

Baker is confident Glover will rebound and likes the potential of the young right-hander.

"He's been pretty good late in the game. That's the first time he's given it up," Baker said. "This guy's got electric stuff. You know what I mean?"

Glover doesn't think this outing will linger. He has plenty of experience pitching late in tight games.

"It's not the first time I've been in situations like that. I was a closer in college. I've pitched in a lot of big spots. Last night was just another one of those spots. That happens. That's just how it goes," he said.

Putting Glover on the mound in the eighth inning of a three-run game shows how much Baker likes the rookie. With a deep September bullpen, Baker could have opted to use a veteran. But despite the result, Baker doesn't regret trusting Glover in that spot.

"You can second-guess the move or whatever, but everything doesn't work all the time. Sometimes it works on the other side. You don't like it, but that's part of the game," he said.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported, the next step in our long journey to Opening Day is the spring training games themselves. Not every game is televised, so get ready to follow along with your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll still be exciting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Bryce Harper homered again, or if Max Scherzer is perfect through 4 innings (spoiler: both of these will happen).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing contracts in the next few weeks. The Nats are always willing to make a big splash, and even beyond the available free agents, have been linked to impact players like J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the roster has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be happening while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for their seasons, so bookmark this page to check on the Nationals spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Nationals 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Braves at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Feb. 26 - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 1 (SS) - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Tigers at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Monday, Mar. 5 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 6 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Nationals at Tigers, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 13 (SS) - Mets at Nationals, 7:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 (SS) - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (ESPN2) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Nationals at Mets, 6:10 pm
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 - Nationals at Marlins, 7:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 (at Nationals Park) - Twins at Nationals, 4:05 pm