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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.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

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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Nationals’ Peacock Handles Transition To Bullpen

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If the day comes when Brad Peacock is asked to move to the bullpen, at least he'll know he's capable of blowing away top-notch competition. With the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, he's pitching in relief for manager Randy Knorr, who guided the Nationals' Double-A Harrisburg team this past season. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander is not undergoing a role change, said farm director Doug Harris, but simply easing out of a year in which he threw 142 innings between high Class A Potomac and Harrisburg.<br/>

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals