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Today's Lineups -- And Some Cuts

The Mets, who have something like 16 players in the World Baseball Classic, bring a team north from Port St. Lucie today. Here's who they're bringing (check out that No. 3 hitter), and who the Nats will send out:

New York:
Cory Sullivan -- 8
Marlon Anderson -- 4
Rob Mackowiak -- 7
Nick Evans -- 3
Ryan Church -- 9
Andy Green -- 5
Jose Valentin -- 6
Robinson Cancel -- 2
John Maine -- 1

Washington:
Willie Harris -- 7
Lastings Milledge -- 8
Ryan Zimmerman -- 5
Elijah Dukes -- 9
Javier Valentin -- 2
Brad Eldred -- 3
Alex Cintron -- 4
Alberto Gonzalez -- 6
Jordan Zimmermann -- 1

The Mets are one of the few teams that Nats have played that don't want to use a DH. Zimmermann will be followed by Gustavo Chacin, Ryan Wagner, Mike Hinckley and Jesus Colome.

Cuts: First round is about over, and the headliners appear to be Ross Detwiler and Mike O'Connor. "We're running out of innings," Manager Manny Acta said, noting that the starters are beginning to get "stretched out", and Detwiler and O'Connoor need to get more work, which they'll do on the minor league side.

Don't have the full list, but will pass it on when I do.

Other morning notes:

Wily Mo Pena came through his DH experience without a problem yesterday, and will take a few days off, but then could return to the field.

Shawn Hill played catch yesterday, will throw on flat ground again tomorrow, and is scheduled to have an 8-10-minute bullpen session on Friday. We'll see how that goes.

Pete Orr, who played for the now-eliminated Canadian team in the WBC, will likely return to Nats camp tomorrow, Acta said.

More later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 10, 2009; 9:28 AM ET
 
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Comments

he he. That Mets team is one-third ex-Nat by my count.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 10, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Barry - Any word on whether Jack McGeary has shown up over at the minor league camp?

Posted by: Brian_ | March 10, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Has Willie Harris taken any turns at 2d base or other infield positions yet? Would have thought he might have been an option at 2d. Middling defender there. Looks he will not even smell the glove, especially since they stop sprign training games after 10.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 10, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

New posted:

Depth on the roster is a nice problem to have. Sure beats the hell out of what we had last year.

Personally, I believe it will shake out in time and the starters will be:

LF Dunn
CF Milledge
RF Dukes

Bench: Kearns, Willingham, Harris

I think Harris will be used mainly in the INF and occasionally in the OF.

Maxwell and Bernadina will be in AAA.

That leaves "The Weapon" and I think his days in Washington are numbered. A trade for a bucket of double bubble or some tins of skoal, great but, most likely an unconditional release is in his future.


Posted by: Section505203 | March 10, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Kearns: 4th outfielder, at best.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | March 10, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Cuts wish list: WiMP, Balester, Clint.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | March 10, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"The Mets are one of the few teams that Nats have played that don't want to use a DH."

... always good to have a reason to like a rival team.

... poor Pete Orr. In Canada's last game - last night - he went 0 for 3 with two K's and left four on. Here's hoping now that his classic is over, he'll get back in the swing of Nats things.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 10, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Marrero, Whitney and Hood were also among the re-assigned (all to minor league camp). The Rocket has the full list on his blog.

Posted by: sec307 | March 10, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I believe that Orr was 0 for the series. Hope that he will get back in the swing of things, as you say, natscan.

I've not caught that many of the WBC games yet, but Friday's match with Canada was the most exciting, IMO. Thanks to Canada for their part in a classic game.

In other news, Nats320 has a Barry/Dave Florida post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 10, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Response to CiL from previous post re Dukes...

"Scary good"-- truer words never spoken.

Posted by: JennX_ | March 10, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm just living the life in Svrlugaville. Good Times!

Posted by: natbisquit | March 10, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Barry,

It is great to have you back.....our questins are being answered and we have good questions. Please take note Chico.......Ross Detwiler......I agree he has digressed so much. We only saw him on TV but his top speed was 91MPH....he was looking much more like Matt Chico then a top pick....What is the truth about where he is.....someone must be talking about how he has digressed.

Posted by: JayBeee | March 10, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

By the way, did anyone else notice at the back of Baseball Prospectus, in the section that has the MLB leaders based on PECOTA projections, that the Nats have 6 players projected in the top 10 in VORP (a measure of offense production) at their position? An OF of Dunn, Milledge, Dukes, and Nick, Guz, and Zimmerman. That measure accounts for projected playing time.

I'm beginning to wonder if this will be a very good offense. Also, that explains the urge to give Milledge another try in CF. If he can just become middling defensively, he still has the potential to be an above average CF due to his hitting and base running.

No Spinal Tap fans?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 10, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Posted by: NattyFan | March 10, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

JayBee - regressed, but I digress.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 10, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The minor league camp doesn't open till later thats why McGreary isn't there yet. Kearns has played a lot of CF. Back in prior years he was considered better than Ryan Church.

Posted by: natsguy | March 10, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Pitchers & catchers were scheduled to report to the minor league camp starting yesterday

Posted by: Brian_ | March 10, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

noop oast

Posted by: NatsNut | March 10, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

>No Spinal Tap fans?

This amp is special because you can turn it up to 11.

Posted by: Brue | March 10, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

PTBNjca, I certainly caught the Spinal Tap references, and I'll wager others did too -- it was hard to miss them, because frankly, the phrasing was clunky and not up to your usual standards. That might explain the lack of LOLs.

I tell you this not to be unkind, but in hopes that you will redouble your efforts for future puns.

Posted by: Scooter_ | March 10, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Or perhaps it was too subtle. I'm familiar with Spinal Tap but that one went over my head and to the backstop.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 10, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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