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:
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 17, 2014
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.
Adam LaRoche (and Drake, of course) reported today. Says he’s healthy after elbow surgery, still trying to put on another 5 pounds.
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) February 17, 2014
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.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) February 17, 2014
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.
- Patrick Reddington from Federal Baseball writes of Matt Williams‘s impressions of Nationals prospect A.J. Cole. Read his post here.
- Bill Ladson from MLB.com writes about Chris Young‘s hope’s of having a healthy 2014. Read his article here.