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Left-hander Scott Olsen made his sixth start of the spring and gave up three runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings against the Astros on Saturday afternoon. Early in the game, Olsen had problems getting the ball down in the strike zone, but made the adjustment by the fourth inning. From that point to the sixth inning, Olsen retired six consecutive batters before walking Darin Erstad.
Catcher Jesus Flores played in his first game since Feb. 28 and went 1-for-4 with a run scored against the Astros. Flores had missed most of the spring because of a sore right elbow.
Relievers Joe Beimel and Julian Tavarez made their Nationals debuts on Saturday. Tavarez lasted 1 1/3 innings and struck out two batters, while Beimel pitched an inning without giving up a run.
When they start the regular season against the Marlins on April 6, the Nationals will carry four starters and seven relievers. Washington doesn’t need a fifth starter until April 19 because of the off days on April 9 and April 14.
That means, according to manager Manny Acta, the Nationals will carry an extra position player on the roster.
Acta declined to say which extra player will go with the team. It doubtful that Washington will carry three catchers. That extra player will be an infielder or outfielder.
Kory Casto, who is out of options, could be that extra player. He can play the corner outfield and infield positions.
If the Nationals need power off the bench, Wily Mo Pena could be the guy. He is coming off his worst season because of a shoulder injury.
The Nationals need left-handed hitters off the bench and Dmitri Young, who is currently off the 40-man roster, could be a fit there.
Right-hander Terrell Young will have an MRI on his right shoulder on Wednesday. Young, who is a Rule 5 pick, has given up five runs in his last 4 2/3 innings.
Right-hander Julian Tavarez flew to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to pick up his work visa. He hopes to participate in an exhibition game sometime this week.
Catcher Jose Flores, who hasn’t played in an exhibition game since Feb. 28 because of a sore right elbow, will play against the Astros on Saturday.
* I went to Space Coast Stadium this morning looking for newcomer Joe Beimel, but I never saw him. It turns out that he was taking his physical. I will most likely see him on Saturday.
I can’t tell you how happy Manny Acta is about the Beimel signing. He really thinks he has a solid bullpen now. I never believed Jesus Colome, who is having a good spring, was the leading candidate for the eight-inning job. Colome has been too inconsistent during the Acta era.
* First base coach Marquis Grissom will not be with the Nationals for the next two games because of a death in the family. Cesar Cedeno was coaching first base on Friday against the Tigers.
* I spoke to an opposing scout on Wednesday and he told me the Nationals are trying to trade first baseman Nick Johnson and outfielder Austin Kearns, but doubts they will be dealt. The scout doesn’t see a team willing to take on Kearns’ $8 million salary or take a chance on Johnson, who is known for missing a lot of games because of injuries.
* There was a report that came out last night that said the Nationals have interest in reliever Will Ohman. That’s no longer the case now that they have signed Beimel. The Nationals are now going in-house to staff the rest of their bullpen.