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Demny Has Success For Nats

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After two full seasons at low Class A Hagerstown, righthander Paul Demny advanced a level last year and was enough of a workhorse there to give himself a chance at another promotion this spring. At high Class A Potomac, Demny ranked fourth in the Carolina League with 144 innings and was tied for fifth with 108 strikeouts while walking 54. He is one of 45 minor leaguers at accelerated development camp in Viera, Fla.

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Nats’ Rosenbaum Never Satisfied

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Wherever lefthander Danny Rosenbaum starts this season, he plans to be even stronger than he was at the close of a successful 2011.<br/>The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Rosenbaum lost 10 pounds through a daily routine that includes bench pressing and a more sugar-free, high-protein diet. He likely will return to Double-A Harrisburg, where he did not allow a home run in six starts over 39 innings after putting up the second-best ERA in the high Class A Carolina League.

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Nats’ Grace Back In Rotation

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After a three-year stint on UCLA's loaded pitching staff, lefthander Matt Grace has gone back to where he began.<br/>Grace, 22, went to UCLA expecting to be a regular starter at some point, but by his junior year he was a key component of the bullpen while Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer anchored the rotation. The program's success more than made up for him switching from a starter at Palos Verdes (Calif.) High to a reliever. He also got within two quarters of a political science degree before going into professional baseball.

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Nats’ Marrero Gets LASIK Surgery

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As first baseman Chris Marrero tries to take the final step toward becoming a major leaguer, he'll at least have one inconvenience out of the way. Marrero, who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after hitting .381/.435/.476 in 21 at-bats in major league spring training, had LASIK surgery on both of his eyes on Dec. 5. He had worn contacts since his freshman year of high school.

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Nats’ Cole Ready For Full Season

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This spring, A.J. Cole was enjoying his profession, his location and his organization. Cole is a 19-year-old righthander who set a fourth-round record by receiving a $2 million signing bonus last August. The Miami Hurricanes missed out on a pitcher whose fastball has been clocked at 98 mph and averages 92-93. Once projected as a top-10 pick, he still received top-10 money after a senior season that started with him struggling with the flu.

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