You may not believe it, but the 2011 baseball season is just around the corner. Spring Training officially began for the Washington Nationals and all other teams today, as pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Florida for the first time. A number of other position players, including Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond, are also in Florida already, getting here to get an early start on the proceedings.
The big stories for the Nationals this year surround their marquee players. How much will Stephen Strasburg do as he continues his recovery from Tommy John Surgery? What can we expect from phenom Bryce Harper, who is scheduled to report with the rest of the position players on February 20? How will Werth blend in with this new mix of players? Who will emerge as a fixture in the starting rotation?
We will have more updates in this StoryStream as they happen. For now, check out SB Nation's Nationals blog Federal Baseball's breakdown of the pitchers that will be in Florida this winter.