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Feb 19, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) chats with the pitchers including Doug Fister (58) (in blue) in spring training action at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Have First Live Batting Practice of Spring

The Nationals took another step closer to Opening Day on Saturday, having their first live batting practice of the year. The session started at approximately 11 a.m. this morning, with Doug Fister taking the mound against shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Anthony Rendon.


According to multiple Tweets from those who watched the live session, Fister was very sharp, despite giving up some big hits. New manager was particularly impressed with Fister’s session:

The excitement of the first live batting practice session was dampened by a rain delay which fortunately began right after Fister’s session was over.

The rain did eventually let up however, allowing Luis Ayala to get work in against Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Nate McLouth, Wilson Ramos and Scott Hairston. Nationals prospect Sammy Solis also participated in today’s session, throwing against a handful of players and drawing rave reviews from his teammates.

Several other players also participated in today’s drill. We should be seeing more live batting practice sessions over the next few days, with exhibition games just around the corner. Stay tuned to District on Deck for all the Nationals coverage you need this spring, and join us as we try to survive the final 37 days before Opening Day.

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