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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' First Spring Re-Assignments, Friday Links.

• The Washington Nationals announced via press release that they had reassigned pitchers Matt Chico, Joe Bisenius and Shairon Martis to minor league camp trimming the team's roster to 58 players. - Washington Nationals' Official Press Release.

• Twitter: @NationalsPR: "#Nationals lineup vs. ATL - Morgan 8, Bernadina 7, Werth 9, Zim 5, LaRoche DH, Ramos 2, Espinosa 4, Gonzalez 6, Marrero 3, Marquis 1

• Nats Beat: 

• The option status of every player on the Nats' roster. - Bill Ladson, "A look at Minor League options -- Nats style "

• "'He wasn't really ready. He said, 'What, were you trying to quick-pitch me there?' I said, 'I'll do anything to try to get you out.'" - Jordan Zimmermann talking to Albert Pujols via Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore, "Jordan Zimmermann encouraged after first spring training start."

• "'The quality of stuff he has, you have to try and be patient with him because the arm is there and the breaking stuff is there." - Jim Riggleman on Garrett Mock, via WTOP's Craig Heist, "Nats lose first spring game to St. Louis."

• "His combination of power and plate discipline is rare to find in a catcher, and once he refines his game behind the plate, he's got the chance to be a star." - MASN's Ben Goessling on Derek Norris, "Cardinals 7, Nationals 5: Postgame thoughts."

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• "'I remember going in to see Tony (La Russa) after a couple of days,' said Riggleman, 'and saying, ‘Ankiel is already our best hitting prospect.'" - Jim Riggleman via St. Louis's Rick Hummel, "Ankiel hopes to bounce back with Nationals."

• Twitter: At 9:54 pm EST: WTOP's Craig Heist (@cheist): "#Nats Tom Gorzelanny and Chien-Ming Wang are getting ready to throw on the minor league side."

• NatsTown: 

• "Norris Knock Takes A Little Sting Off Mock Getting Rocked." - Sue Dinem,

• "Catching up with the Houston Astros: Crawfish Boxes." - Ted Youngling, The Nats Blog

• "Nick Charles' D.C. Days." - MASN's Phil Wood

• "Cherry blossoms for opening day." - MASN's Kristen Hudak, Nationals Buzz

• SharkTown: 

• "Roger Bernadina Will Sign "The Shark" If You Want Him To." - Nationals Inquisition

• "How about them Shark flavored apples?" - Sharkadina, Street Shark: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

•  "I'll Have the Combo Platter, Please." - Dan Daly, Washington Times on the many talents of the Nationals' Roger Bernadina.

• Twitter: MASN's Ben Goessling (@MASNBen): "Chien-Ming Wang throwing 81-82 early in simulated game. That might improve as he gets warmed up, but it's not great."

• NL East: 

 Braves: "Chipper Jones passes tests in first game since torn ACL." -

Mets: "J.P. Ricciardi Chats About The Draft And Stuff." - Video from Port St. Lucie with J.P. Ricciardi, the Mets' special assistant to the GM via Amazin' Avenue

• Marlins: "Mike Stanton (quad) hit off a tee Thursday and today. He’s appears to be moving around with no discomfort."  - "Stanton hitting off tee; Baker to DH; catching up with Cody." - Juan C. Rodriguez,

Phillies: "Harmony no problem for Phillies' Four Aces." - Paul Hagen, Philadelphia Daily News.

• Twitter:'s Bill Ladson (@washingnats): "RHP Chien-Ming Wang's fastball is being clocked at 83 miles per hour. #Nats