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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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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

Nationals Midseason Report

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Before the Stephen Strasburg Show went national, the 2009 No. 1 overall pick dominated in five starts at Double-A Harrisburg and six at Triple-A Syracuse. He went 7-2, 1.30 with 65 strikeouts in his 55 minor league innings, and then had a similarly easy time against major league hitters. The 21-year-old righthander struck out a Nationals record 14 batters in his major league debut.

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Nats’ Storen Will Move Quickly To Big Leagues

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After learning the differences between hitters in the Pacific-10 Conference, South Atlantic League, Carolina League and Eastern League last year, righthanded relief prospect Drew Storen was up for an even bigger challenge this spring.<br/>The 10th pick from the 2009 draft showed why he's viewed as a future major league closer—with the future perhaps not far away. Before he was assigned to Double-A Harrisburg, Storen pitched well in major league spring training.

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Back In The Running

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Roger Bernadina didn't exactly come out swinging after rehabbing his fractured right ankle. Instead, he came back bunting. The 25-year-old outfielder showed improvement on that side of his game in instructional league last fall. Speed and defense are his biggest assets, so a few more bunt hits could make a difference in his development.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals