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Today's lineups

A little hard to believe, but the Nationals are into the home stretch of spring training. They won't again in Space Coast Stadium, and they've got four games left in Florida before their Saturday exhibition against the Red Sox at Nationals Park. (The forecast that day, by the way, is fabulous.)

For today, Garrett Mock will try to pin the spot in the starting he had seemingly won midway through the spring. That was before Craig Stammen and Livan Hernandez started throwing BBs and Mock blew up in a game against Astros minor leaguers. The rest of the participants:

Chris Coghlan, LF
Cameron Maybin, CF
Dan Uggla, 2B
Mike Lamb, 3B
Ronnie Paulino, C
Gabby Sanchez, 1B
Bryan Petersen, RF
Brian Barden, SS
Chris Volstad, SP

Nyjer Morgan, CF
Cristian Guzman, SS
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
Adam Dunn, 1B
Mike Morse, LF
Adam Kennedy, 2B
Ivan Rodriguez, C
Willie Taveras, CF RF
Garrett Mock, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 30, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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It looks like Coste took Dukes spot on the 40 man roster.
If Livan stays, and he will, we need to clear a spot for him. I would guess that would be Flores going to the 60 Day DL.

So right now, the Nats FO is trying to make some very tough decisions. If they keep Miguel Batista, they need to clear an additional spot on the roster for him as well.

Does this play a small role in deciding whether to keep Batista? Sure it does.

It also makes things darker for Bruntlett, who would also need a spot cleared for him.
Ditto for Taveras as the 5th outfielder.

And if Flores (and Pudge) is healthy 2 - 3 months from now, is this going to put the Nats in a position where they almost have to release Nieves?

I'm really not loving this Coste waiver claim. I would think they could have gotten some reasonable catcher insurance without having to give up a roster spot.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 30, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope Morgan and Taveras don't collide and get hurt while they're both manning CF in this game.

And why is it that Mark Zuckerman operating without an editorial net can make it through an entire week with nary a typo while Adam Kilgore with the full force of the Washington Post behind him can't even make it through a four paragraph blog post without at least three mistakes?

Posted by: nunof1 | March 30, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Gonna be a little crowded in CF, but if they hit it to right they can run all day long.

Posted by: natbiscuits | March 30, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Actually, natbiscuits, it's LF that's vacant, but given the way Morse supposedly plays RF, they might be running all day long if the ball goes there, too....

(Just kidding)

P.S. I'm actually okay with Morse getting a shot in RF. For now.

Posted by: baltova1 | March 30, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

C: Norris
1st: Dunn
2nd: Espinsoa
SS: Desmond
3rd: Zimm
RF: Marrero (as long as Dunn stays)
CF: Morgan
LF: Harper



I would swap Espinosa and Desmond. Desmond would likely move to second with Espinosa at short. And you will never see Marerro in right field for the reasons you gave for wanting that lineup ... he is very slow. So much so that his range is even limited at first base! If not at first base you will likely see him in an AL uniform.

If drafted Harper could possibly play right but the dearth of left handed bats leads me to suspect it would be in left with lefty Michael Burgess manning right. By that time you might see Eury Perez in center field instead of Morgan. Ends up being a lineup with only 2 left handed hitters. Not sure that management would stick with that.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse


All valid points; I do like the switch of Espinosa and Desmond. I thought they should have put him at 2nd to begin with. This way he can grow into the position, healty of unhealthy we were going to be stuck with Guz anyway.

My fear is we are wasting Zimmerman. By the time all the pups mature and the FO figures out what plan they are on now, it might be to late for Zimm.

Posted by: hansenjo | March 30, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse


Zimmerman is only 25. Before that happens they would likely trade him for prospects. If they had succeeded (yes everyone wants to move on with this I know!) in signing Chapman while getting a manager willing to use pitchers under 39 years old ... then minimally playoffs if not world series would have been in the very near term offing. It was really that close.

Posted by: periculum | March 30, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

And why is it that Mark Zuckerman operating without an editorial net can make it through an entire week with nary a typo while Adam Kilgore with the full force of the Washington Post behind him can't even make it through a four paragraph blog post without at least three mistakes?

Posted by: nunof1 | March 30, 2010 10:53 AM

What editorial net? It's frickin' blog - Adam types it and sends it. Big deal! People act as if a simple Spring Training typo is an assault on their family.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

As long as this blog remains free and AK keeps posting as frequently he can make as many typos as he wants.

peric I agree with your thoughts but Harper might be best left right where he is behind the plate; despite our current situation I think it would be easier to get a RFer then a C especially if we had some pitching talent to move for it.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | March 30, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Need a RF.

Posted by: Cartaldo | March 30, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

although ... I did get a good laugh out of the mixed metaphor in Sheinin's Phillies piece.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If they draft Harper it won't be for ML need. By the time he makes it up, who knows what they'll need?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Adding Batista and Livan definitely present some difficult questions for our 40-man. Flores on 60-day DL clears one spot. If Wang is really hurt we could 60-day DL him and delay that decision to 6/1.

Past that, i'll bet we could sneak through guys like Martin and Mattheus.

Posted by: tboss | March 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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