Mar 2, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) warms up for the first inning as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 in a spring training exhibition game at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Nationals News 4/25

As you try to recover from last night’s painful loss to the Padres, checkout some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

‘Pen session goes well, Fister set for rehab start

(Jeff Seidel, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON – Doug Fister appears ready to make his next rehab appearance this weekend, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams.

Williams, in his pregame news conference Thursday, said that Fister (lat strain) felt fine after a 40-pitch bullpen session earlier in the day. His next start is scheduled for Sunday, which the manager thinks will be with the Class A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.

“He felt good in the bullpen today, so he’s good to go for his next one,” Williams said. Read full article here.

Williams downplays Gio’s shoulder tightness

(Jeff Seidel, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Manager Matt Williams said the Nationals will have a better idea of where pitcher Gio Gonzalez is with his shoulder in a few more days, but that he’s not all that worried.

Williams said Thursday that Gonzalez, who came out of Wednesday’s win over the Angels in the sixth inning due to some tightness in his left shoulder, felt normal day-after soreness. Read full article here.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS’ LINEUP NEEDS MORE CONSISTENCY

(Gregory Philson, Rant Sports)

The Washington Nationals have had nearly every baseball prognosticator consider them to not only be the favorites to win the National League East, but also to be the main contender for a World Series spot.

Well, just like last season, the Nationals have yet to live up to expectations so far in the early season with just a 12-10 record and most of the lack of success can be blamed on a subpar and disappointing offense. The team came into Wednesday with a .243 batting average and a .319 on base percentage.

…Still, there are varying reasons for this slow start and a lot can be blamed with the constant shuffling of Bryce Harper. Harper has been moved in the lineup three times in the last three games. Harper is considered the team’s best player and needs to be positioned in a place he can feel comfortable. Read full article here.

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