VIERA, Fla. -- Hard as it is to believe, there were developments today that did not involve Stephen Strasburg. Shocking, I know.
Anyways, here's a rundown of some other items of note...
In a camp full of struggling relievers, Walker tops the list. After getting pounded for five runs and six hits in his first appearance Saturday against the Mets, he was even worse today: six runs and eight hits allowed in 1 2/3 innings. His ERA is now 37.13 and he's allowed an unfathomable 47.25 hits per nine innings.
Rest assured, the veteran right-hander is not pleased with his performance.
"It's frustrating," he said. "It's easy to write the first one off. But when it's the second time out there and you get shellacked again, it's time to make adjustments and do them quickly."
Walker believes he may have a mechanical glitch that's causing him to leave the ball up in the zone. Basically, he tends to move his head to the left before letting go of the ball, and that forced his whole upper body to fly open too soon and throw off his release point. He's talked to pitching coach Steve McCatty about it and hopes to make some tweaks before it's too late.
"Obviously, it's ugly so far," he said. "It can't get worse than this. Gotta keep moving to get better."
In addition to hitting the ball well -- he's now 7-for-14 with nine RBI, three doubles, a homer and two stolen bases -- he's also looked surprisingly comfortable in the outfield. He made a nice catch in center field yesterday and today didn't appear to have any troubles in right field.
There's still a major question looming for Mike Rizzo: Keep Desmond on the roster as a utilityman, make him the starting shortstop over Cristian Guzman or send him to Syracuse to play every day? It's a fascinating question, and one that probably won't be determined until the final week of camp.
The left-hander hasn't gotten much press, but he's pitched well enough to deserve some positive ink. With two scoreless innings today, he's now thrown four scoreless this spring. The player Washington got from the Marlins in exchange for Nick Johnson isn't going to make the Opening Day rotation because there's too many other guys with more experience in the mix. But Thompson is making a nice impression and I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the majors sometime later in 2010.