The Nationals will decide on their roster tomorrow
As Nationals-Red Sox begins, some quick notes:
*The Nationals will decide their final roster by tomorrow and announce it either before or after their game, Manager Jim Riggleman said. It sounded like the final decisions will be whether to carry 11 or 12 pitches and how that will affect Alberto Gonzalez, Eric Bruntlett and Mike Morse.
*Riggleman said the Nationals will not bump anybody off of the 40-man roster, meaning three players will need to be placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for non-roster invitees Livan Hernandez, Miguel Batista and Willy Taveras. Jesus Flores, Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler are all candidates.
*Reliever Rafael Martin, the former construction worker whom the Nationals signed out of the Mexican League, made his first trip with the big league team all spring. Martin will begin the year in Class AA Harrisburg and serve as Drew Storen's set-up man. With those two, Stephen Strasburg, Danny Espinosa and others, that Harrisburg team is going to be some fun this year.
*Justin Maxwell made the trip as well. As the right field platoon takes shape, do not disregard Maxwell. Although he had a miserable spring and will not begin the season in the majors, he may well be apart of the position by year's end. "I certainly hope so," Riggleman said. "He's one of the best athletes in the organization. We feel like there's a lot of untapped potential there. There's a lot of home runs in that at-bat. Great athleticism running balls down. Stealing bases. I hope he makes a statement in Triple A that says he needs to be up here."
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