Nationals get their roster, lineup in order for opening day
As the Nationals worked out at Nationals Park today, the team finalized their roster for Opening Day and Jim Riggleman decided on his maiden 2010 lineup. First, here's what the Nationals will throw at Roy Halladay:
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Willie Harris, RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Adam Kennedy, 2B
7. Ivan Rodrigez, C
8. Ian Desmond, SS
9. John Lannan, SP
The lineup came together pretty easily for Riggleman except for who was going to hit eighth. Desmond has some experience; he hit eighth at Class AAA Syracuse part of last season. "I didn't have anybody I really wanted hitting down there," Riggleman said. "I still don't. I don't want Desmond hitting there. But somebody's got to hit there."
The Nationals also made the final maneuvers to set their roster. They placed Chien-Mien Wang, Ross Detwiler and Jesus Flores on the 60-day disabled list, meaning those three will be eligible to play June 3 at the earliest. (Flores just recently began throwing, General Manager Mike Rizzo said.) The trio cleared space on the 40-man roster for Willy Taveras and Miguel Batista.
Rizzo also addressed the decision to make Garrett Mock the fifth starter over Scott Olsen. Rizzo believes Olsen still has some development left after his recovery from shoulder surgery.
"We go with the entire spring training body of work," Rizzo said. "We see Scott ramping up. His velocity is getting better. We see him improving. The good thing with him is he's pain free. His arm is loose and free. We feel like with time, he's going to build up more arm strength."
On Mock, Rizzo was frank about the urgency his selection to the starting rotation brings.
"Mock, he's a stuff guy," Rizzo said. "We need to see if this guy is a legitimate major league starting pitcher. He's got as good of stuff as anybody we've got on the club. He started off very quickly in spring. Faded a little bit at the end. We felt that his upside is to the point where that was choice we're making at this point."
April 4, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
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