02/17/11 5:42 PM ET
Wang pain free after bullpen session
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
It did appear, however, that Wang wasn't throwing the baseball at full strength. But he said he is doing better than he did in 2010, when he missed the entire season because of a weak shoulder.
"The session was real good," Wang said. "The throwing was better than last year."
Pitching coach Steve McCatty agrees that he saw a different pitcher on Thursday than the one he saw last year.
McCatty doesn't know when Wang will pitch in his first Spring Training game. Wang already has announced that he most likely will not pitch in a regular-season game until sometime in late April or sometime in May.
Big League Chew replaces tobacco for Morgan
VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan decided this offseason that he was no longer going to chew smokeless tobacco. Instead, he has Big League Chew bubble gum in his mouth.
Morgan pledged to quit chewing tobacco after hearing Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn announce that smokeless tobacco may have been the reason he has cancer of the parotid salivary gland.
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg was happy to hear of Morgan's decision. Strasburg also quit chewing tobacco because of Gwynn, who coached the right-hander at San Diego State.
"It's a personal decision. In my opinion, it's something that you do for yourself, because there is a life after baseball -- and you don't want to cut it short," Strasburg said. "I give Nyjer props, that's for sure. It's really hard to do. It's hard for a lot of people to quit the habit."
Phenoms to meet when Harper reports Sunday
VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is expected to report to Spring Training on Sunday, and right-hander Stephen Strasburg said he is looking forward to meeting the left-handed-hitting slugger for the first time.
Asked if he had any advice for Harper, as far as how to handle all the media hype, Strasburg said, "[The team] has to make sure he gets acclimated to the situation. He is 18 years old. You can't really expect much from him right now.
"Obviously, he is extremely gifted. He is going to turn some heads. From what I hear, he is a hard worker. That's something he has to hold on to his entire career."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.