A group of Washington Nationals' pitchers that included Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Craig Stammen threw live batting practice today in Viera, Florida.
After work was done for the day, Nats' skipper Matt Williams was asked for his thoughts on the group that threw on the second day of live BP.
"Good," Williams said. "Gio, velocity was really good. His curveball was good. [Zimmermann] was typical Zim in that he just pounded the zone with the exception of one fastball to Clint Robinson that got him in the leg, but other than that they were really good."
That fastball that hit Clint Robinson, the 30-year-old, veteran first baseman who's in camp after signing a minor league deal in December...
CSNWashington.com's cameras caught the pitch:
Williams was also asked if he'd settled on a starter for the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener on Thursday afternoon when they take on the New York Mets at 5:05 PM in Space Coast Stadium.
"We have one question with regard to Day 1," he said. "So I think we'll have it tomorrow."
Today, however, was likely the last live batting practice.
"As we get closer to games, even if we get in a situation where they need another live before they get into a game for some reason," Williams explained, "let's say they want another one over the next couple of days, we can do that early and we've got plenty of guys in camp where we can get a live session if need be, but the plan is this is the last live [session] before we play."
Only three more days until the Nationals are playing competitive-ish baseball again...