Steven Fuentes was added to the Washington Nationals’ 40-Man roster this past October, after spending the summer at the Alternate Training site in Fredericksburg, VA last year.
Now he’s in West Palm Beach with the club, and on Thursday he got the call in the ninth inning for a save opportunity that he converted and seemed to really enjoy.
“He’s just a he’s super fun, loves the game, not afraid,” Davey Martinez said after giving the 23-year-old a spring opportunity. “That’s one thing for sure. This is like the third time he’s been out there in the ninth inning, and he’s just not afraid. He wants the ball. He attacks the strike zone, throws a lot of strikes. So far I love what I see out of him. Here’s another guy, I know he’s pitching late in games for us, but I think in the future I’d like to lengthen him out as well, and possibly get him to be a starter for right now.
“We can always change him if need be and put him in the bullpen. I love his attitude. He comes in ready to work every day and has fun doing it.”
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Will Harris Updates:
Washington Nationals reliever Will Harris has blood clot, will see specialist - (WaPost)
“Reliever Will Harris felt odd after his last outing, prompting the Washington Nationals to slow him down and schedule an MRI exam.”
Nationals pitcher Will Harris has blood clot - (MLB.com)
"Harris pitched one frame in a 'B' game last Saturday to work on his curveball. It was then that something didn’t seem right to the nine-year veteran."
Harris seeing specialist after blood clot found in arm (updated) - (MASN)
"He reported feeling 'weird' following that most recent outing, and the Nationals had him undergo an MRI, which revealed what Martinez called 'a little, small blood clot' in Harris’ throwing arm."
Other Nats Stories:
With Carter Kieboom in a spring training slump, Nationals face tough questions - (WaPost)
“The hope was that a winter’s rest and offseason Lasik surgery would put him in a better position to succeed. The early returns are not what he or the Nationals want.”
J.T. Realmuto vs. James McCann vs. Yan Gomes: Who’s the best C in the NL East? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"[Yan] Gomes hasn’t played a full season since joining the Nationals due to the presence of Kurt Suzuki. Now, Suzuki is on the West Coast and Gomes has a clear path to everyday playing time."
On Bell's power, Hernández's chance and Plan B at third base - (MASN)
"Ask almost anyone who watched Thursday’s game what stood out about Josh Bell, and just about every answer would involve his seventh-inning homer."
The Orioles and MASN might be cutting costs in anticipation of a sale - (WaPost)
“On Thursday, MASN announced it would telecast the Nationals’ and Orioles’ final two exhibition games March 28 and 29. What took so long?”
Stro vs. Soto: Chess match. ♟️— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 19, 2021
No commentary or analysis.
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MASN executive Chris Glass is latest to depart network - (WaPost)
“The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and one of its top executives have parted ways, according to multiple people familiar with the move.”
NL EAST UPDATES:
What Carlos Carrasco's injury means for the Mets rotation moving forward - (SNY - YouTube)
"Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco is now sidelined multiple weeks with a hamstring injury."
Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto plans rare long MLB catching career - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Realmuto turned 30 this week. At a position where players tend to age poorly, can he unlock the secret to staying behind the plate for the duration of his Phillies career?"
Marlins Park COVID-19 protocols - (MLB.com)
"To ensure the health and safety of everyone in attendance, the Marlins have implemented various measures around the ballpark."
Effectively Wild Episode 1669: Season Preview Series: Braves and Mariners - (FanGraphs)
"Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley attempt to make sense of unsightly spring training uniforms, then preview the 2021 Braves (08:42) with Grant McAuley of From The Diamond and the 2021 Mariners (45:27) with Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times."