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Jordan Zimmermann has yet to allow a run in 11 Grapefruit League innings.
In fact, Opening Day is a mere two weeks away. Yep, 14 days from now, Livan Hernandez will be taking the mound at Nationals Park with the Braves occupying the visiting dugout and (hopefully) a sellout crowd on hand for the festivities.
There's still plenty that needs to be sorted out before then, but plenty already has been sorted out down at Nats camp. The starting rotation has come together pretty nicely this spring. Michael Morse has seized a starting job. Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche have blended in well with their new teammates. Stephen Strasburg is playing catch every other day with no problems. Bryce Harper made a nice impression during his stint in big-league camp.
What, though, is the most important development of the spring so far? I can think of several candidates, and I'm curious what everyone thinks about this. Here are the possibilities I've come up with, in no particular order...
-- Jordan Zimmermann doesn't surrender a run in his first 11 innings.
-- Jason Marquis allows one run and six hits in his first 12 innings.
-- Ross Detwiler makes a serious push to crack the Opening Day rotation.
-- Stephen Strasburg on schedule in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
-- Bryce Harper impresses in his first big-league camp.
-- Michael Morse tears the cover off the ball and wins the left field job.
-- Jesus Flores returns healthy after missing nearly two years.
These are all positive developments from the Nationals' standpoint. I suppose you could include some negative developments of the spring: Chien-Ming Wang's slowed recovery, Henry Rodriguez and Elvin Ramirez arriving late and not performing well, Nyjer Morgan's slow start.
What, though, do you think has been the most important development of the spring?