Lefty Hill on his way to Viera after signing minor league deal

VIERA, Fla. - The Nationals have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Rich Hill on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The Angels released Hill last summer after failing to get an out in two relief appearances. The Yankees signed him to a minor league deal in July. He bounced back and forth from Triple-A to the majors, posting a 1.69 ... read more

Williams hasn't decided starter for exhibition opener, updates on Escobar, Zimmerman

VIERA, Fla. - Nationals manager Matt Williams said all of his pitchers are healthy and pitching well even after heavy bullpen sessions the past couple of days. The staff will get a day off tomorrow before throwing live batting practice beginning Sunday. "We'll do that for a couple of days and get them some hitters to look at," Williams said. "Everybody's on track. Everybody feels ... read more

Roundup: Span's birthday, Scherzer's first week, Espinosa's swing (with video)

VIERA, Fla. - This morning's workout began with the team singing "Happy Birthday" to center fielder Denard Span. "It was heartfelt man," Span said. "It felt good. Birthdays are birthdays. You start to get a little bit older and birthdays don't mean as much as they used to, but it was a lot of fun getting put in the circle and everybody singing." While in ... read more

No more second thoughts for Yunel Escobar

VIERA, Fla. - Yunel Escobar wasn't thrilled when he found out he was headed to the Nationals in a trade last month. That's because Nats general manager Mike Rizzo made the move to acquire Escobar not to play shortstop, but rather second base, a position the 32-year-old hasn't seen action at since his rookie season in 2007. "I had a conversation with him through his ... read more

Even on shelf, Jayson Werth takes part in first full-squad workout

VIERA, Fla. - Jayson Werth was on the field this morning as the Nationals began their first official full-squad workouts in preparation for the 2015 season. He was limited though, not participating in any throwing or hitting drills, while still recovering from right shoulder surgery early last month. Werth continues to focus on opening day as a return date with the initial rehabilitation period being ... read more

Versatile Mike Carp could provide value off the bench

VIERA, Fla. - In January, general manager Mike Rizzo signed Mike Carp to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Carp appeared in 41 games in left field and 29 games at first base for Boston in 2013 and was an important utility option for the Red Sox during their run to a World Series championship. While splitting time mostly between left ... read more

No limits for Anthony Rendon's greatness

VIERA, Fla. - Anthony Rendon does not walk around with a superstar-type aura surrounding him. Yet the 24-year-old infielder appears to be just that. He's entering his third season in the majors, coming off a tremendous sophomore campaign where he hit .287 with 21 home runs, 83 RBIs and a league-leading 111 runs scored. The media-shy Rendon didn't escape the accolades of the Silver Slugger ... read more

More Harper on grievance, Rizzo, Scherzer, rotation and expectations

SARASOTA, Fla. - Some other gems from Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who held his first media session of spring training this afternoon: On any hard feelings from his grievance against the club and his relationship with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo: "Mike's awesome. Truly. If I had a problem, I'd probably tell him straight to his face because that's how he is and that's how ... read more