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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Kyle Schwarber calls for appeal; Stephen Strasburg wraps up spring + more...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you try to figure out what to do with yourself until Thursday... night.

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Davey Martinez sat down in front of the camera for his final Spring Training Zoom call with reporters in his civilian garb, sans chapeau, ready to go home to the nation’s capital.

“I am ready. Spring Training officially over,” Martinez declared.

Before leaving West Palm Beach, the fourth-year skipper asked 2020 1st Round pick Cade Cavalli if he would cut his hair in advance of Opening Day (Thursday at 7:09 PM ET).

“This is a Cade Cavalli,” he said of the fresh cut. “I figured I might as well use him one more time before I use my regular barber, which is [Wander] Suero.”

It’s a thing. Clubhouse haircuts. Just ignore it if you like. Or start googling around for Cavalli talking about cutting hair and Suero talking about Martinez’s coif if you’re getting all excited about the next big thing that’s going to end up on a t-shirt some day soon.

Having wrapped up the spring schedule, Martinez said, everyone wants to get back to Nats Park and get ready for Game 1 of 162.

“We really can’t wait to get back to D.C. The excitement lies within the fans. We’re going to get 5,000 fans, we’re excited about that. The boys they put the time in this spring, and we look good. The boys look good.

“They’re excited, they’re ready to get back to D.C. and ready to get this thing going.”

Go ready your links...

NATS BEAT:

Randy Knorr is Nationals institutional memory - (Washington Times)
"There have been a lot of names and faces that have passed through Washington Nationals’ history since the franchise brought baseball back to Washington in 2005."

Stephen Strasburg prepares for 2021 regular season - (MLB.com)
"Stephen Strasburg built up to 98 pitches in the Nationals’ Spring Training finale on Monday afternoon against the Astros."

Juan Soto, Starlin Castro looked 'normal' in simulated game - (Washington Times)
"After watching Juan Soto and Starlin Castro take five at-bats in a simulated game Monday morning, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said the pair 'looked really normal.'"

Nationals Opening Day 2021 preview - (MLB.com)
"With added depth, veteran experience and promising young talents on the horizon, the Nats are looking to be in the mix for a return to the playoffs in a competitive NL East."

Soto, Castro playing in simulated games before opener - (MASN)
"Soto (who suffered from a calf cramp Thursday) and Castro (who suffered a small hamstring strain Tuesday) still need to show they’re OK running..."

As spring training wraps up, Nats itching to head north - (MASN)
"Yes, indeed. Cabin fever has set in down in West Palm Beach, Fla. Boxes have been packed. Lockers have been cleaned out."

Nationals ready for Opening Day - (MLB.com)
"Max Scherzer sets his goals ahead of Opening Day, Juan Soto focuses on his plate approach and more..."

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner is sprinting toward stardom - (WaPost)
“Trea Turner is wired for the next pitch, the next at-bat, his next chance to take any distance on a field — the 90 feet from first to second, the dash to a sinking liner — and shrink it to his will.”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Bold predictions for all 30 MLB teams for 2021 season - (MLB.com)
"According to ZiPS, Soto is projected to lead all of baseball in RBIs (141) and slash .305/.420/.595 with a 1.015 OPS, 37 homers and 105 walks."

Opening Day approaches as MLB prepares for second pandemic season - (WaPost)
"This Opening Day, MLB will launch its second season in the coronavirus pandemic, as players and fans search for a new normal in the sport."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies opt for Sam Coonrod over JoJo Romero for bullpen spot - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"The move effectively puts hard-throwing right-hander Sam Coonrod on the roster. Jose Alvarado will be the Phillies' lone left-handed reliever."

5 predictions for the Mets' 2021 season, including a playoff spot - (NorthJersey.com)
"Since Steve Cohen purchased the New York Mets, fans have eagerly awaited this moment. Finally, this team — injected with talent and full of optimism — will soon hit the field in a game that counts."

Jazz Chisholm wins Marlins' second base job - (MLB.com)
"'See you down in Miami.' - Those are the words Jazz Chisholm heard from Marlins manager Don Mattingly shortly before the club's Grapefruit League finale."

‘It’s not going to be pretty’: Without DH, Braves pitchers back at bat - (AJC.com)
"After using the designated hitter rule in all games last season, National League teams will revert to having pitchers hit, usually in utter futility."