Sep 20, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) wears a patch on his jersey in tribute to the victims of the Navy Yard shooting during the game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals: News and Links 2/18

With the excitement of the first couple of days of spring training starting to wear off, the Washington Nationals will soon get into the grind of camp and truly start preparing for opening day. Day three was no exception, as the team had yet another busy day of bullpen sessions and workouts throughout the day on Monday.

Monday also marked the arrival of Adam LaRoche, who is entering what could be his final spring training as a National. LaRoche is looking to bounce back from a tough season, in which significant weight-loss caused by medication took a serious toll on his offense. Nevertheless, LaRoche looks strong, healthy, and best of all, he’s sporting one of the coolest beards on the team:

LaRoche had offseason elbow surgery but that should not be an issue at this point. He has gained back some of the weight he lost last season, but he’s not quite where he wants to be just yet, as he’s still trying to gain five more pounds.

LaRoche’s arrival wasn’t the only highlight from Monday, as we also got our first look at a picture taken from the drone that the Nationals’ production team will be using during spring training.

I would not be surprised if all 30 teams are using these drones by the end of spring training because honestly, they’re pretty fantastic.

It’s a slow process, but opening day is getting closer everyday. With the remaining position players reporting tomorrow, and the first exhibition game just 10 days away, it’s coming fast. The Nationals have a lot of business to take care of between now and then however, so make sure you stay tuned to District on Deck for all the spring training coverage you need!

In the mean time, check out some links from our fellow Washington Nationals writers/bloggers:

  • Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes about Adam LaRoche‘s hopes for a fresh start in 2014. Read his article here.

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