Willingham to return soon; Young close to rehab assignment

Outfielder Josh Willingham, on the bereavement list because of the death of his brother, Jon, is not expected back with team until the weekend series against the Blue Jays. Players on the BL have three to seven days before returning to the team.

“He has a few tough days [down in Alabama]. He is going to use the full seven days,” manager Manny Acta said.   

Dmitri Young is still working out at the Nationals’ Spring Training complex, but is expected to begin his rehab assignment within a week. Once he gets to Triple-A Syracuse, the Nationals will have 20 days to decide if Young will play for the Major League team. Young, who makes $5 million, is a free agent after this season.            

Left-hander Scott Olsen, on the disabled list because of a sore left shoulder, is scheduled to come off the disabled list sometime next week. But the team wants to see him throw at least five innings for Syracuse before he is activated. Olsen has thrown no more than three inning since he started his rehab assignment        

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