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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Spring Training - Day One Wrap

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Catch up on all the stories from the first day of Spring Training with the Washington Nationals. Wilson Ramos wants to stay healthy. Jayson Werth talks about his winter. All the Nats-related links, tweets and quotes we could find. All in one place...

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Wilson Ramos returned from the second of two hamstring injuries he suffered in 2013, and a 44-game absence, in early July, with something to prove.

In a mid-September conversation with reporters that year, now-former Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson said that Ramos showed what he could do when healthy upon returning, playing 24 straight games at one point and putting up a .276/.307/.477 line with six doubles and 14 HRs over his final 251 plate appearances.

"You can get labeled as injury-prone. For him to come back and catch as good and as often as he has, just proves his point. He's durable." - Davey Johnson on Ramos' injury history

"You can get labeled as injury-prone," Johnson said. "For him to come back and catch as good and as often as he has, just proves his point. He's durable."

Johnson was asked what he thought the then-25 and now-27-year-old catcher could do if he could put a full season's worth of at bats together.

"It's 100 RBIs and 28 bombs," Johnson said.

Ramos finished that season with nine doubles and 16 home runs in 78 games and 303 PAs.

"Ramos is really a strong no.1," Johnson said. "One of the best catchers in the league."

He didn't play a full season in 2014 either though, suffering a broken hamate bone in his left thumb on Opening Day and a hamstring injury which combined to limit him to 88 games and 361 PAs over which he put up a .267/.299/.399 line with 12 doubles and 11 HRs.

On the first official day of the 2015 campaign, when pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Florda's Space Coast Stadium on Thursday, Ramos told reporters he was determined to stay in the lineup and behind the plate...

Wilson Ramos: Day 1 of Spring Training #Hornsup

• "As pitchers and catchers officially reported to Viera on Thursday, Ramos, 27, again proclaimed his grand goals." - "Wilson Ramos again eager to prove he can stay healthy" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Ramos spent much of the offseason getting healthy and training in his home country of Venezuela." - "Nationals Pastime: Ramos sets healthy goals" - Chris Johnson, MASNSports.com

• "So take this for what it’s worth, but Ramos is determined to reverse the trend in 2015 and finally reach his goal." - "Wilson Ramos wants to catch 120-130 games this season" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "Ramos said he was surprised and excited when he found out the team added Max Scherzer during the offseason..." - "Following new training program, Ramos sets high goal for '15" - Jamal Collier, nationals.com

Doug Fister: Year 2 in D.C.; Reunited with Scherzer

• "Scherzer’s signing accomplished the improbable feat of pushing Fister, whose 2.41 ERA was sixth among qualifying starters in 2014, to what will end up, at least semantically, as an end-of-the-rotation role." - "Doug Fister: ‘It’s an honor to be a part of this staff’" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Fister and newcomer Max Scherzer are teammates for the first time since 2013 when they were with the Tigers." - "Pitchers, catchers report to Nats camp, get right to work" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• "Doug Fister, like several prominent teammates with the Nationals, knows he’s eligible for free agency at season’s end." - "Doug Fister focused on present with Nationals, not uncertain future" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "A free agent after this season, Fister declined to talk about his future." - "Fister's focus on Nationals, not pending free agency" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

• "According to Fister, the Nats can expect Scherzer's influence to extend beyond the playing field and into the clubhouse." - "Nationals Pastime: Reunited and it feels so good" - Chris Johnson, MASNSports.com

• "A free agent after this season, Fister declined to talk about his future." - "Fister's focus on Nationals, not pending free agency" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com

NATS BEAT: Werth speaks; Gio's excited; Janssen at the plate

• "On the night of Jan. 30, two guards escorted Jayson Werth into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center." - "Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth on jail time: ‘It’s not a destination you would choose’" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "I mean, it looks like a small animal has curled up and taken a nap on his face. Just incredible." - "Danny Espinosa has arrived at camp sporting one of the greatest mustaches of all-time" - Matt Monagan, MLB.com

• "Jerry Blevins, a left-handed reliever with one career at-bat, pulled a shining new batting helmet over his head and grinned." - "Nationals downplay lofty expectations as spring training begins" - Tom Schad, Washington Times

LINE OF THE DAY: Boz on the start of Spring Training

• "Gio Gonzalez throws his arms around General Manager Mike Rizzo’s shoulders and says, 'What’s up, Rizzy?'" - "For Washington Nationals, clear skies, clean slate" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

More NATS BEAT:

• "Soon the clubhouse will be filled with pitchers and catchers and Gonzalez will likely be bouncing off the walls, being his usual gregarious self." - "Gio Gonzalez excited to report to spring training" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Until Thursday, Janssen’s batting average was a wholly irrelevant statistic." - "Casey Janssen enters camp with a new team for the first time in his career" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post

• "Upon signing with the Nationals last month, Casey Janssen couldn’t help but do a little research on the guy he’ll be replacing as primary setup man..." - "New Nationals setup man Casey Janssen knows he has 'big shoes to fill'" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• ""While it is certainly an official date, reporting is actually not as formal as it sounds. Pitchers and catchers just need to alert a team official that they have made it to the area by Thursday." - "Pitchers and Catchers Report" - Amanda Comak, Curly W Live

NATSTOWN: Luke Barrett? Aaron Skywalker? Darth Barrett?

• "Lightsaber-wielding Aaron Barrett can’t wait for the Nationals’ Star Wars Day" - Scott Allen, The Washington Post

• "Is the fourth time the charm for the Washington Nationals?" - "Nationals Open Spring Training With Fall Classic Hopes" - Rick Snider, Pressbox DC

• "For baseball fans all around the country, it’s time for those four words that — despite how much snow they might be under — signal spring is just around the corner." - "Washington Nationals Spring Training: Pitchers and catchers report" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

NATIONAL(S) BEAT: Tickets for the team-to-beat getting pricey

• "Truth be told, the Nationals won't really be proving anything until October..." - "Nationals the team to beat, and that's almost old hat" - Paul White, USA TODAY Sports

• "The average secondary market price for Nationals tickets on TiqIQ is $75.50, marking a price jump of 99% over last year’s average of $38." - "As A National League Favorite, Washington Nationals Tickets Up 99% From 2014" - Jesse Lawrence, Forbes.com

• "Both Nate McLouth and Tyler Moore figure to get time in the corners, particularly in the first half of the season as Jayson Werth is recovering from shoulder surgery." - "The Nationals Outfield: Solid All Around" - David Wiers, FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

• "Behind the plate, he’s comfortable for the Nationals list of potential Cy Young Award contenders. If Ramos is able to put together a solid, injury free year, it’s huge." - "Ramos will try to guide an impressive Nationals staff" - David Jones, FLORIDA TODAY

• "Early in the offseason, Tyler Clippard thought he might be a trade chip. But by mid-January, the Nationals’ reliever figured he probably wouldn’t get moved." - "A’s new reliever Clippard will likely fill in as closer" - Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle

• "An interesting candidate for the full season six-man rotation in 2015 would be the Washington Nationals." - "Is it time for the six-man rotation?" - CJ Nitkowski, FOX Sports

Former Nationals: Souza in Tampa; Peacock's hip

• "Peacock's Oct. 6 operation repaired a torn labrum and removed bone spurs from the hip." - "Astros report: Peacock gets green light to pitch off mound" - Evan Drellich, Houston Chronicle

• "With the nuptials behind him, Souza, 25, is locked in on taking full advantage of the opportunity the Rays are presenting..." - "Trade to Rays offers Souza opportunities" - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times

NL EAST UPDATES: Lee staying in D.C.? Signs point to yes; Busy Fish + More

Mets: "In less than a year, Josh Edgin has gone from spring-training cut to the Mets’ primary — and possibly only — lefty for the bullpen." - "Josh Edgin enters Mets camp as possibly only southpaw in pen" - Mike Puma, New York Post

Braves: "Potential front-line starter Shelby Miller and a pair of former All-Star relievers -- Jason Grilli and Jim Johnson -- headline the cast of hurlers that were added during the offseason." - "Braves look for answers to three big questions" - Mark Brown, braves.com

Phillies: "On Day 2 of Phillies camp, Cliff Lee opted to answer his tough questions indirectly, using a magic 8-ball." - "Cliff Lee answers 'tough' Phillies questions with Magic 8-ball" - Mike Oz, Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Marlins: "All the wheeling and dealing throughout Major League Baseball this offseason has made 'Trader Jack' McKeon proud." - "McKeon excited about Marlins' busy offseason" - Joe Frisaro, marlins.com