For the update on Cla Meredith's MRI and his comments, go to CSNwashington.com.
Pitchers and catchers are making their way down to the minor-league complex for this morning's workout, but before I join them over there, a couple of Saturday morning updates for you...
-- Cla Meredith, who had to cut his first bullpen session short yesterday due to elbow discomfort, was seen by doctors and received (I believe) an MRI. The results of that test aren't known yet.
Manager Jim Riggleman confirmed Meredith had arthroscopic surgery during the offseason to remove bone chips in his elbow, a procedure similar to the one Jason Marquis had early last season and Craig Stammen late in 2009.
"Hopefully, this discomfort yesterday was maybe some scar tissue tearing or something," Riggleman said. "We'll know more maybe later today."
-- Henry Rodriguez and Elvin Ramirez, the two right-handers currently stuck in Venezuela waiting for their visa applications to be approved, probably won't make it to Viera for several more days at the minimum. It may take longer for their issues to be resolved.
"It's unfortunate," Riggleman said. "This stuff seems to happen every year. A couple guys get delayed for whatever reason. We'd certainly rather have them here than not here."
Both young relievers are going to be fighting for spots in the Opening Day bullpen, and both are new to the organization, so most members of the front office and coaching staffs haven't seen them pitch in person much. That makes their arrival all the more important.
But the Nationals aren't particularly worried that Rodriguez and Ramirez will lag too far behind the rest of the pitching staff already in camp, because they're not just sitting around doing nothing while waiting for their visas to be approved.
"We have people working with them down there," Riggleman said. "They're getting their work in. They're throwing. They're not going to be behind when they get here. It's just less time that we have to watch them."