Washington Nationals News: Stephen Strasburg successfully tests ankle

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Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! There’s plenty of Washington Nationals news coming out of Viera, so lets get right to it.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses Stephen Strasburg, who is dealing with a sprain in his left ankle. As Ladson writes, the Nationals got some excellent news about Strasburg yesterday as the right-hander successfully tested the ankle in a bullpen session.

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Needless to say, it’s great news that Strasburg’s injury is not too serious and that he’s quickly working his way back. The Nationals already have a bunch of injury issues in the infield and outfield heading into the regular season; the last thing they need is for those injury concerns to leak into their world-class starting rotation.

Also in today’s Daily, Ladson discusses how Nationals manager Matt Williams does not believe the Nationals need to make a trade this spring.

While the Nationals have suffered a lot of injuries this spring and are facing the prospect of entering the regular season with a depleted roster, I agree with Williams. The Nationals have enough depth at this point that there is absolutely no need to make any trades that could end up hurting the team down the road. After all, the season isn’t decided in the first two weeks of the season, and most of the injured players will be back sometime in early April.

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

Strasburg successfully tests ankle sprain in ‘pen session

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

LAKELAND, Fla. — Two days after spraining his left ankle, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said Sunday morning he is feeling better and still trying to get the swelling down.

Strasburg even tossed a light bullpen session Sunday, throwing about 20 pitches. He will have another ‘pen session before he pitches in a game, according to manager Matt Williams.

Strasburg hurt his ankle while working out in the weight room. Read full article here.

Williams doesn’t feel Nats need to make deal

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Nationals have had with their share of injuries this spring, from Anthony Rendon spraining his left MCL to Jayson Werth dealing with shoulder issues.

Let’s not forget that center fielder Denard Span will miss the start of the season because of surgery to repair his rectus abdominis (abdominal) muscle.

Is it time for the Nats to make a trade before Opening Day? Manager Matt Williams believes the answer is no because he expects third baseman Rendon and second baseman Yunel Escobar to be ready for Opening Day. Read full article here.

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