District Daily: Nationals News 4/15


Apr 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman

Kevin Frandsen

(19) draws a walk in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Checkout some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

Frandsen prepared for whatever role Nationals require

(Christina DeNicola, MLB.com)

MIAMI — Kevin Frandsen’s Nationals biography still labels him as an infielder.

Frandsen, however, started in left field for the third consecutive game Monday night in the series opener against the Marlins.

Entering this season, the 31-year-old had played just 14 career games in the outfield — one in 2010 and 13 in 2007. Monday marked his fourth outfield appearance in 2014. Read full article here.

Fister completes bullpen session, eyes sim game

(Christina DeNicola, MLB.com)

MIAMI — Nationals right-handerDoug Fister took the next step in his rehabilitation process Monday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Fister, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain, threw 50 pitches — including his entire repertoire — during a two-inning bullpen session.

“I’m definitely antsy, but at the same time I know I need to do this the right way and not rush it,” Fister said. “It’s another step in the right direction where I want to be in this situation. Feeling pretty good and keep taking steps in the right direction of getting stronger, more in shape and getting back out there.” Read full article here.

The DC Report: Nats need to figure out Braves

(Russell Whiting, Through The Fence Baseball)

The first few weeks of the season have left the Washington Nationals with a 7-5 record, not too bad considering the injuries the team is dealing with already. Break that record down, though, and you see the continuing trend of struggle against the Atlanta Braves. The Nats record against teams who aren’t the Brave is 6-0; against Atlanta, it’s 1-5 including the weekend sweep at Turner Field.

Most Nationals fans were buoyant in spring raining, as additions Doug Fister and Nate McClouth looked to strengthen an already good team, whil the Braves struggled to put a rotation together with the loss of Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen to the 60-day DL, and Mike Minor on the 15 day DL. Since the start of the season, injuries have taken out half the Nats’ everyday lineup with Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) and Denard Span (concussion) joining Wilson Ramos (hand) and Fister (strained lat) on the sidelines. All of a sudden, the roster doesn’t look as deep as it did in Florida. Read full article here.

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