March 2013

Nats’ 25-man roster set

The Nationals re-assigned left-hander J.C. Romero to minor league camp on Sunday. With this move, the Nationals’ 25-Man Roster is set. See the roster below:

PITCHERS
LHP Ross Detwiler
LHP Zach Duke
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RHP Tyler Clippard
RHP Dan Haren
RHP Ryan Mattheus
RHP Henry Rodriguez
RHP Rafael Soriano
RHP Craig Stammen
RHP Drew Storen
RHP Stephen Strasburg
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
Catchers
Wilson Ramos
Kurt Suzuki
INFIELDERS
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa (S)
Adam LaRoche (L)
Steve Lombardozzi (S)
Chad Tracy (L)
Ryan Zimmerman
OUTFIELDERS
Roger Bernadina (L)
Bryce Harper (L
Tyler Moore
Denard Span (L)
Jayson Werth

Opening Day lineups for Marlins, Nationals

Here are the Opening Day lineups for the Marlins and Nationals.

Marlins

Juan Pierre — LF

Chris Coghlan–CF

Giancarlo Stanton– RF

Placido Polanco–3B

Rob Brantly–C

Donovan Solano — 2B

Casey Kotchman–1B

Adeiny Hechavarria — SS

Ricky Nolasco — RHP

Nationals

Denard Span–CF

Jayson Werth–RF

Bryce Harper –LF

Ryan Zimmerman–3B

Adam LaRoche –1B

Ian Desmond — SS

Danny Espinosa –2B

Wilson Ramos — C

Stephen Strasburg–RHP

Nats’ Ramos named Opening Day catcher

Moments after the Nationals lost to the Yankees, 4-2, Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that Wilson Ramos will be the Opening Day catcher against the Marlins on Monday. However, Ramos will alternate behind the plate with Kurt Suzuki, who will start against Florida on Wednesday. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will pitch that day.

Ramos recovered from a devastating right knee injury and had a great exhibition season, hitting .333 with two home runs and five RBIs. He also played solid defense behind the plate. Johnson told Ramos the good news during batting practice.

“With the progress he has made — … [Ramos] had been out all year and rehabbing hard. He has looked great all spring behind the dish and he has bounced around better than I’ve seen him in the years I’ve been here,” Johnson said. “I look at both Ramos and Suzuki as No. 1 catchers.”

According to Ramos, he worked hard to get his right knee back in shape within 10  months. He hurt the knee last May against the Reds.

“Now I’m here 100 percent. That’s the most important thing for me and the team,” Ramos said.

Ramos is OK with alternating behind the plate with Suzuki. In fact, Ramos  said expects to learn a lot from six-year veteran.

“I know he can teach me a lot. He has more experience than me at this level,” Ramos said. “I have a lot of things to learn from him. … It feels great that I’m working with him. We have to talk a lot about the pitching staff. We have a young pitching staff, so we need to work hard this year. We have to talk to each other and get to work.”

Nats’ Rodriguez put on 25-man roster

After his team lost to the Yankees, 4-2, at Nationals Park on Friday afternoon, Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that reliever Henry Rodriguez was put on the 25-man roster, which meant that left-hander J.C.  Romero will start the season with Triple A Syracuse.

Rodriguez pitched one inning in Friday’s game against the Yankees and didn’t allow a run in the sixth inning. He was able to get two quick outs, but then walked Brett Gardner. However, Ichiro Suzuki ended the inning by grounding out to second baseman Danny Espinosa.

“I told you he would come around,” Johnson said about Rodriguez. “He didn’t have much of a spring and [didn’t play Winter Ball].”

Earlier this week, Johnson announced that Rodriguez was experiencing right elbow soreness, but Rodriguez was back on the mound on Monday and Wednesday and pitched a combined two shutout innings. He struck out three batters and walked three others. According to Johnson, Rodriguez’s fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph.

Rodriguez missed the postseason last year after having bone spurs removed from his right elbow. This spring, Rodriguez didn’t play in his first Grapefruit League game until March 8 because of forearm tightness.

“He is still a great talent,” Johnson said. “I’m not anywhere close to giving up on Henry. It was probably the first time in his life that he had his arm operated on. Also, he didn’t pitch half of last year and didn’t have any winter ball. We couldn’t get him on the mound [this spring] because of medical restrictions. He has not been afforded the opportunity like everybody else in the bullpen. He has had a short spring.”

Harrisburg has awesome roster

Look at this roster for Double A Harrisburg. It’s awesome. Manager Matt LeCroy has a lot to work with this year.

Pitchers

Aaron Barrett

Brian Broderick

Caleb Clay

Paul Demny

Marcos Frias

Trevor Holder

Neil Holland

Nathan Karns

Ian Krol

Pat Lehman

Matt Swynenberg

Blake Treinen

Rob Wort

Catchers

Jeff Howell

Sandy Leon

Kris Watts

Infielders

Rick Hague

Josh Johnson

Joe Lozada

Sean Nicol

Anthony Rendon

Matt Skole

Outfielders

Justin Bloxom

Brian Goodwin

Destin Hood

Steven Souza

Nats need to make one more roster move

The Nationals currently have 26 players on the Spring Training roster, and manager Davey  Johnson said the final cut will come after the team’s game against the Yankees at Nationals Park on Friday afternoon.

The Nationals have to make a decision between right-hander Henry Rodriguez and lefty J.C. Romero. Rodriguez is expected to pitch on Friday, and this outing could determine if he makes the team. He could also land on the disabled list to start the season.

Earlier this week, Johnson announced that Rodriguez was experiencing right elbow soreness, but Rodriguez was back on the mound on Monday and Wednesday and pitched a combined two shutout innings. He struck out three batters and walked three others. According to Johnson, Rodriguez’s fastball was clocked as high as 98 mph.

Rodriguez missed the postseason last year after having bone spurs removed from his right elbow. This spring, Rodriguez didn’t play in his first Grapefruit League game until March 8 because of forearm tightness.

“He is still a great talent,” Johnson said. “I’m not anywhere close to giving up on Henry. It was probably the first time in his life that he had his arm operated on. Also, he didn’t pitch half of last year and didn’t have any winter ball. We couldn’t get him on the mound [this spring] because of medical restrictions. He has not been afforded the opportunity like everybody else in the bullpen. He has had a short spring.”

If Romero makes the club, he will be one of two lefties out of the bullpen. He was signed to a Minor League deal last Friday, and he looks like he is in midseason form after pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. He has pitched two shutout innings for Washington.

If Romero doesn’t make the team, he will start the season for Triple-A Syracuse.

‘Shark’ returns to Nats camp

Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina returned to camp Wednesday, two days after the Netherlands lost to the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Bernadina did not travel with the Nationals to Jupiter, Fla., to play the Cardinals, but he was able to get four at-bats at Washington’s Minor League complex. He will be ready to play with the Major League team on Thursday, when it faces the Braves.

Bernadina said he was proud the Netherlands went to the final four and stayed humble during their run. In six games, Bernadina was 3-for-22 [.136] with three RBIs. He said his best moment at the Classic was beating Cuba in the semifinals.

“It was a lot of fun. Great group of guys,” Bernadina said. “They all wanted to go to the next level. As a team, we did great. It was a short tournament, but I felt it was the right moment and the right time for us. I loved it. Everybody was great to each other.”

Bernadina will start the regular season as a fourth outfielder and is ready to help the Nationals win another division title.

“I’m excited to get back in camp. The feeling that I had last week [with the Netherlands], I want to have the same thing for this season [with the Nationals],” Bernadina said. “I’m all for winning a championship. … I’m getting myself ready for the season. I feel like it’s unfinished business. Whatever they have me doing, I’m ready for it.”

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