Washington Nationals News: Nats hoping stars return soon

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Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! With Opening Day getting closer and closer for the Washington Nationals, there’s plenty of news to talk about coming out of Viera, Fla.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses the Nationals’ many health concerns this spring. Needless to say, the team has several players to be worried about heading into the regular season.

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Yunel EscobarNate McLouthAnthony Rendon and Jayson Werth are all out with injuries this spring and Denard Span will most likely miss the first month of the season. While most of these players are expected to be ready for Opening Day, injuries are still the main concern for a ball club that was supposed to enter the season without any true weaknesses.

Also in today’s Daily, Ladson discusses new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park April 6. While it’s not exactly Barack Obama, it’ll still be a cool opportunity for Nationals fans to see the new Commissioner in person.

Be sure to check out the articles below, they’re definitely worth the read And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Nationals Spring Training needs.

Nats hoping full complement of stars return soon

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

JUPITER, Fla. — The regular season is less than weeks away and Nationals manager Matt Williams said he is concerned about the health of his players.

Entering Thursday’s game against the Tigers, the Nationals have four significant players — Yunel EscobarNate McLouthAnthony Rendon and Jayson Werth — who are on the mend. All four players are pushing to be ready for Opening Day on April 6 against the Mets at Nationals Park.

That’s not including Denard Span, who will not be ready for Opening Day because of surgery to repair a rectus abdominis (abdominal) muscle. He is not expected back until sometime in May. Read full article here.

Manfred to throw out first pitch at Nationals Park

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

JUPITER, Fla. — Commissioner Rob Manfred will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 6, when the Nationals host the Mets.

“We are so honored that Commissioner Manfred has chosen to spend this historic Opening Day in Washington,” Nationals principal owner Mark D. Lerner said in a statement. “His participation will be incredibly special as we kick off our 10-year anniversary season.” Read full article here.

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