The Nationals play their first home Spring Training game in four days! FOUR. DAYS. Grapefruit League Game 1 is tomorrow afternoon. We don't yet know the starter, but it probably won't be Max Scherzer (who is only going to start throwing off of a mound tomorrow). Stephen Strasburg? Tanner Roark? Erick Fedde? Gio Gonzalez?* Jayson Werth?
[ed. note - "Gio Gonzalez was announced as tomorrow's starter vs the NY Mets in Port St. Lucie."]
The lineup for the Nats first Spring Training game on Saturday against the Mets pic.twitter.com/lE32dEgYeh— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) February 24, 2017
As we inch closer, here's the news from just north of Miami.
After career season, Daniel Murphy trying to figure out how to have another
Thanks to a meticulous method, 'hitting nerd' Murphy 'figured out his formula,' according to Dusty Baker. Now comes the next big challenge: trying to maintain his previous success.
Matt Wieters in Nats camp, deal expected to be announced today
Matt Wieters is tucked away in the Nats' spring training facility, and his deal will likely be announced today (no hiccups in the physical!) along with a corresponding move to the 40-man roster.
#Nats make deal with Matt Wieters official. One-year deal w/ player option for 2018 + Jose Marmolejos placed on 60-Day DL (forearm strain).— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) February 24, 2017
Stephen Strasburg throws in intrasquad game, survives
Stephen Strasburg threw 23 pitches -- and more importantly, remained healthy. His off-speed... looked like off-speed on February 23rd should look like: rusty.
Victor Robles spends day in major league camp for intrasquad game
Robles batted third for Team Strasburg, beat out an infield single and demolished a ball to centerfield -- providing an extremely minimal glance at the future.
Your super duper comprehensive spring training broadcast schedule for 2017
The Nats will be TV more than a few times during spring training, but you might want to opt for the out-of-town sports package if you're planning to watch.
Days until Opening Day: 38