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Lineups, and the Tuna

So Bill Parcells is here. Makes sense, right?



Neifi Perez -- 4
Timo Perez -- 8
Magglio Ordonez -- 9
Sean Casey -- DH
Chris Shelton -- 3
Omar Infante -- 5
Marcus Thames -- 7
Vance Wilson -- 2
Ramon Santiago -- 6

LHP Nate Robertson

(The teams agreed to use the DH today even though they're at a NL park.)

Lopez -- 4
Wilson -- 6
Zimmerman -- DH
Kearns -- 9
Young -- 3
Church -- 7
Belliard -- 5
Fick -- 2
Logan -- 8

RHP John Patterson

Parcells: He comes to spring training every year. Now, he's got even more time on his hands. He and Tony La Russa are tight. (Of course, Tony might be a little, um, busy to get to him today.) So he just cruised through the Nationals' clubhouse, etc., chatting people up. Just a sports junky like the rest of us. He's wearing shorts and sneakers and short white socks and actually looks healthier, to me, than he did at the end of his tenure with the Cowboys, which was only like two months ago, right?

Actual Nationals news: Simontacchi is not going to throw his bullpen session today, so the rotation is all screwed up. Hill will throw tomorrow, Chico on Sunday (Simontacchi's spot) and some guy named TBD on Monday. I'll do more research on TBD, but I think he's left-handed, pounds the strike zone, not much for velocity.

Simontacchi is definitely in danger of missing the chance to be on the Opening Day roster. It does sound like, however, that he'd only miss one start. So if they just plug someone into that fifth start of the year, April 7 against Arizona, they could bring Simontacchi back five days later if he's ready by then.

Other "news": Luis Ayala threw an inning on the minor-league side this morning, allowing a hit, a run, a walk, striking out two in 19 pitches. Still no ETA on him.

Other relievers, including Cordero, will begin throwing back-to-back days at some point over the next week. Need them to do that before the season starts.

And Guzman has day off today because he went back-to-back days in the field for the first time. They feel happy with his progress, though.

I'll get you something during the game.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 23, 2007; 11:39 AM ET
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5th start of the year is April 6th.

Maybe Redding is TBD, giving him one more chance to make the team? You figure starting today Patterson, Hill, Chico, Redding would be the obvious next chouice if he is still in the running.

More interesting will be who they throw out for the split squad games next Wednesday. Patterson will pitch one, but the other is a mystery, at least to me.

Posted by: GoNats | March 23, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Escobar? Are they just planning to have him start the year on the DL?

Posted by: Brewer | March 23, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Fifth start of year: Good catch. It's April 6.

Escobar: Yes, Bowden is on the record as saying he'll start year on DL.

Parcells: Sitting on the field. I mean, on the warning track near the Tigers' dugout. On a stool. Chatting with Leyland.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 23, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Dear Stan: Where are my effing tickets?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

With an off day on the 9th Simontacchi wouldn't be needed again until the 16th by my calculation.

Posted by: Alan | March 23, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

TBD was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2003 deep in the draft. The high altitude had a negative inpact on the the left handed sinkerballer with decient controll but no velocity. He was traded in 2005 to the often heard about, but rarely seen Tampa Bay Devil-something-or-anothers. The initially used him as a DH for four games before realizing he was a pitcher. He went 6 for 16 with 4 walks 3 runs and 1 HR. Onced moved back to the bullpen he threw a perfect 8.12 ERA, which is why the Nats picked him up late last year. They wanted a pitcher who would feel at home in the clubhouse. We havn't seen much of him this year because Manny has promised a lower ERA and a culture of winning. Best of luck TBD, or as his friends know him, Tibby.

Posted by: Sec. 418 Jr. | March 23, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Dear effing: relax. you'll get your tickets

Posted by: Stan | March 23, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Stan - but one week before the season starts? What gives?! It's not like you were moving many people around - I know, because I tried to upgrade to no avail! We should have had the tickets weeks ago.

And where's my free Nationals MP3 player for paying in full by January 4th?!

Great customer service there Nats. Like the way you've made sweeping changes in the organizational culture...

Posted by: Sec 205 | March 23, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Stan - Have you sold out opening day?

Posted by: O. Day | March 23, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Um. Sorry. I'm not THAT Stan. But still. There's something deeper going on than just your season tickets. Do you need to talk about it?

Posted by: Stan | March 23, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

If the season starts on Monday April 2, isn't the 5th starter needed on Friday April 6 and not April 7th, or is there something wrong with my math?

Posted by: thunderstrucknatsfan | March 23, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Thunderstruck: see first and third comment above.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 23, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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