John Lannan, Jason Marquis fit into the Nationals' spring rotation
Manager Jim Riggleman set the Nationals' starters for their third and fourth spring training games, deciding on John Lannan and Jason Marquis to follow Chad Gaudin and Livan Hernandez.
Though Hernandez has received the opening day designation, Riggleman cautioned not to read too much into Lannan and Marquis following him. The Nationals will have two offdays in the first five days of the season, which will allow the Nationals to adjust if they need to or want to.
"Two of them that quickly kind of makes the scheduling for how you're going to put your starting pitching out there, there's five different scenarios you can use," Riggleman said. "We'll determine that much later in the spring."
The days off also mean the Nationals could choose to carry four starters on their roster until they need a fifth, which would allow them to use an extra reliever or bench player for the season's first week or so. "That's one of the scenarios," Riggleman said. "That's a possibility."
That being said, it would be make sense for the Nationals to follow Hernandez in the rotation with Lannan and Marquis. The Nationals will use match-ups to determine their rotation, which means they may want Jordan Zimmermann to start the fourth game of the season in Florida, where he dominated in one start last season. Lannan would then split up Hernandez and Marquis, two right-handers who rely on sinking fastballs.
So, you can take a good guess at the Nationals' opening day rotation, but it's still going to sort itself out over the next five weeks or so.
| February 23, 2011; 4:10 PM ET
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