Coming off October surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, he allowed one hit and needed only 15 pitches, 11 of them strikes, in his two innings. Justin Upton singled with one out in the second inning, but was erased on a double play.
In Mark's latest feature from Nationals' spring training he talks with the team's rotation about the expectations they face heading into this year.
Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the first time this spring as the Nationals face the Braves at Disney World. Join the conversation on Nats Insider!
Left-hander Michael Gonzalez, a key member of the Nationals' 2012 bullpen, is returning to the organization on a minor-league contract.