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Wire Taps: Will Max Scherzer be ready for Opening Day; Stephen Strasburg's goal is full season; Nats spending habits inconsistent

Catch up on all the latest news on the Nationals as Spring Training gets going. Will Max Scherzer be ready for Opening Day? Will Stephen Strasburg stay healthy? Links and lots of them...

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Position players report today, which means that Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and the whole gang have reunited down in West Palm Beach. Everyone: It's happening.

Here's the latest from Florida.

Max Scherzer not sure he'll be ready for opening day due to knuckle pain
Pain in Max Scherzer's right ring finger didn't prevent him from finishing the 2016 season strong, but it might prevent him from starting the first game of the 2017 season, period.

Stephen Strasburg aiming for full, healthy season
Strasburg participated in yesterday's workout just like the rest of the Nats' pitching staff, but he's not worried about being ready for day one... what he is worried about is making it straight through to the last day of the season without injury.

Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen auditioning for closer role
Although there are no clear-cut favorites for the job, Kelley and Treinen, despite both having potential drawbacks, appear to be towards the top of the shortlist to be the Nats' next closer.

Boswell: The Nats' spending habits are inconsistent at best
The Lerners seem to be open to spending large amounts of money -- but only when the player in question is a known commodity, not just to Mike Rizzo, but also to them. It makes things confusing, to say the least.

Days until Opening Day: 44