Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday's workout in photos

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler throws in the bullpen with Jim Riggleman watching.
VIERA, Fla. -- Only three days into official workouts, the monotony starts to sink in a bit. These early sessions before position players join the fray are pretty simplistic: Throw off a bullpen mound every other day, shuttle between defense and bunting stations the rest of the time, catchers take batting practice. Not a ton of variety.

That will start to change on Tuesday when all position players are in camp and on the field for the first full-squad workout of the spring. Then you'll start to see more variations of activities: more team defense, baserunning, live batting practice.

The most notable development today might have been Chien-Ming Wang's bullpen session, which was much sharper than Thursday's session that we already over-analyzed. Jim Riggleman and Steve McCatty both watched Wang closely today, and Riggleman came away encouraged by what he saw: More sinking action from Wang. Afterward, the Taiwanese right-hander said there was a "big difference" in his throwing session today, that his "motion is more smooth." Obviously, he's still got a long way to go, but after leaving Thursday with a negative vibe, today he left a better taste in everyone's mouth.

Stephen Strasburg also played catch, though not with the rest of the team. Strasburg did his light tossing from 45 feet earlier this morning, on the field at Space Coast Stadium. No indications of anything out of the ordinary from that session.

Position players officially report tomorrow, but just about everyone is already here. Jerry Hairston joined the early arrivals today. Really, the only notable position players who haven't made an appearance in Viera yet are Alex Cora, Alberto Gonzalez and Matt Stairs. Bryce Harper did arrive in town the other night, but he left for a couple days to go watch his brother, Bryan, pitch for the University of South Carolina. Harper is expected back in town in time to take his physical on Monday.

Some more photos from today's workout...

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan warms up with some long-toss.

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Wilson Ramos chats with Jason Marquis following a bullpen session.

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Chien-Ming Wang fields a comebacker.


Luis said...

How nice it is to jump in the metro on my way to work and read Mark's words and look at those sunny pictures. Thanks Mark! I can't wait to be there in exactly one month.

Another_Sam said...

Mark, thanks for the pictures. How about a little more on Viera. Do you find Melbourne just like last year? Tried any new resturants?

McKinley said...

Would be interested in reading a followup on Jerry Hairston about his stint on the MLB Network. He seemed very much at ease on camera, especially his zinger retort to Plesac after he dissed Hairston Sr. on his birthday. Looks like Rizzo made a great pickup bringing his attitude and experience into the team's clubhouse.

sjm 308 said...

I know camera angles can do crazy things but Ramos looks huge next to Marquis who I think is around 6'1" - thanks for the pictures Mark, it really is nice to actually see things as well as read about them.

Anonymous said...

So, is it just me or is John Lannan not in the best shape of his life?

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