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Chien-Ming Wang is back

Chien-Ming Wang has returned from Arizona, and one way you can tell is things like George Will being interviewed by a Taiwanese reporter by the dugout. Wang will continue the throwing program he was following in Arizona; today, he threw for about 15 minutes at 120 feet with Jordan Zimmermann, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

As for when when Wang might throw in a game, Manager Jim Riggleman is unsure. "We're pretty far down the road as far as having him pitch in games," Riggleman said. "What remains to be seen is, when do we get him on the mound here?"

For today's game against the Marlins, Josh Willingham is at designated hitter, his first appearance of the spring. Tomorrow he will likely play leftfield, Riggleman said. Cristian Guzman is in at short and hitting second. Riggleman said Guzman will likely be the two-hitter this season, which is something I'll have more on in a post today.

And here's the rest of the Nationals lineup, which is pretty close to their probable Opening Day lineup:

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Cristian Guzman, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, DH
6. Willie Harris, LF
7. Ivan Rodriguez, C
8. Elijah Dukes, RF
9. Pete Orr, 2B
-- Scott Olsen, SP

Scheduled pitchers:
Doug Slaten
Eddie Guardado
Colin Balester
Tyler Clippard
Ryan Speier
Brian Bruney
Jesse English
Victor Garate

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 8, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  Chien-Ming Wang , Jim Riggleman  
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Not sure this is allowed, but I'm wondering if anyone here could help me.
I can't seem to get into Nat's Insider (Zuckermam). The site talks about valid domain extension or something like that. Call me computer illiterate and I won't get upset.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | March 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

jcampbell, glad you're here. Hope you and Shanahan get things worked out, and they get you some blockers who can, um, block.

Anyway, Nat's Insider is at
or just hit the link on the left in the Natosphere section.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

jc...did you type it in or click the link here? I clicked the link and it came right up.
As for the valid domain extension, you probably typed in .con instead of .com...
Guessing you did that given your typing of "Zuckermam..."

Posted by: TimDz | March 8, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, another LH-centric pitching list today. Let's see how that plays against FLA's RH hitting.

Posted by: BinM | March 8, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

jc, if you're just talking about navigating, then what they said. If you're talking about posting there, it might depend on which browser you're using (I had problems getting the through the captcha with a couple of browsers).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that a couple of pitchers may be fighting to spend any more time with the team at this point. Victor Garate seems to be one such pitcher going today. With another bad outing, he could find himself on his way to minor league camp. That first appearance of 2 runs in 2/3 inning doesn't sit well. Ryan Speier gave up 1 in 1 innng, so he needs to do something quickly, as well.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 8, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Of course Guz will be very likely the 2 hitter, no one else really has the chops for that spot. Maybe Kennedy, but Guz being a switch and having the ability to pretty much make ground ball contact at will gives Morgan a nice chance to run. While Kennedy at the bottom of the order provides some protection for Pudge and his OBP and decent speed skills allow Riggleman some chances to put a play on for the pitcher to move him over. We'll see what they do, but when healthy Guzman has pretty much raked in the 2 hole. And he is reportedly healthy.

Posted by: dfh21 | March 8, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sigh. Getting "through the." What time do those proofreading elves get up, anyway?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget that you can "Charlie and Dave" it today, if you're a local (and if you can pick up the 1500 AM signal, which is a better shot during the day than at night in my neck of the woods).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Sigh. Getting "through the." What time do those proofreading elves get up, anyway?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 11:31 AM

They'll show up right after the "wang siting" jokes begin...

Posted by: TimDz | March 8, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

sighting.....jeez jinxed me....

Posted by: TimDz | March 8, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Ever the trend setters, these Nationals....Two 2nd Basemen and no Shortstop.

Posted by: charlie814 | March 8, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

hehe, TimDz. Maybe people might have thought you were referring to location rather than visuals? Uh, never mind.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for responding. I'm referring to posting at 'Insider'. I'm still not sure what to do, but thanks again anyway.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | March 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Guz in the 2 hole? What a mess. He's a terrible choice - low OBP (only 16 walks in 2009) and no plate discipline. He swings at anything and everything - he doesn't take pitches so Dunn and Zimmerman won't get to see that day's opposing pitcher as much as they should and with Guz swinging at the first pitch - he'll be costing Morgan chances to swipe a bag.

- Guzman saw 3.26 pitchers per plate appearance - which ranked 75th out of 76 qualifying NL hitters. (Kennedy saw 3.90.)
- Guzman put the 1st pitch in play 92 out of 555 plate appearances, or 16.6% of the time. (Kennedy swung 56 out of 587, or 9.5%)

I know - he doesn't like to bat in the bottom of the order. But sit him down, tell him what time it is and if he cannot deal with it, bat Kennedy in the 2 hole and let Desmond play SS.

Posted by: comish4lif | March 8, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

jc, try a few different browsers, if you haven't already done so. You can download some of them for free. You can post using the Name/URL function without inputting a URL (just input your moniker/name). You can also use the Anonymous function and type your name/moniker at the end of your post. Or you can use an existing account (those are options on the pull-down menu). After you submit, you'll see a word verification function (the captcha). After you type in the verification word, your post should appear on the site. There may be a slight delay.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yay - Charlie and Dave time! (instead of bo-ring bureaucrats - apologies to any of same on this blog, but, dang).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Or, after Olsen, you can look at it as pitchers closest to being optioned or waived, as opposed to "left-handers". Hmm, since Olsen has options that is also a possibility for him as well.

Posted by: periculum | March 8, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

1a, I've used that Name/URL feature to link to something relevant to the post in question, too. Not that anybody clicks on it--think of it as one of my own Easter eggs.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 8, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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