After a slow start in spring training, Ian Desmond is looking more and more like a solid leadoff hitter for the Nats.
With less than a week to go until Opening Day, we look at five encouraging developments and five discouraging developments from spring training.
First baseman Adam LaRoche reached base twice in three plate appearances and reported no problems with his injured left foot following his first big-league game in two weeks.
Edwin Jackson turned in six strong innings, Mark DeRosa was scratched with calf tightness and Brett Carroll solidified his spot on the Opening Day roster.
The Nationals signed left-hander Zach Duke to a minor-league contract and optioned reliever Ryan Perry to Class AAA Syracuse.