"I think he's getting there," Johnson said. "He's starting to feel stronger and more comfortable and he doesn't have to really pump up to throw it high-90s."
• Through their first 20 games, the Nationals had more strikeouts (156) than hits (153) and were batting a combined .236.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.