The Nationals first spring lineup, plus updates on Cla Meredith and Chien-Ming Wang
The Nationals' first game of the year is about 50 hours away, and Manager Jim Riggleman has got the lineup set for Monday against the Mets:
1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Ian Desmond, SS
3. Roger Bernadina, LF
4. Michael Morse, RF
5. Matt Stairs, DH
6. Wilson Ramos, C
7. Kevin Barker, 1B
8. Danny Espinosa, 2B
9. Jerry Hairston, 3B
-Chad Gaudin, SP
Jesus Flores will also be on the trip, and he'll catch the latter half of the game, his first major league game action behind the plate since May 2009. (He did appear as a pinch-hitter late that season.) Riggleman called starting Wilson over Flores "a coin flip."
>>>Cla Meredith will receive more tests on his elbow after leaving yesterday's practice early. I had been told Meredith tweaked his back yesterday, but today Meredith sent word through a Nationals spokesman that his back, while a little sore, is not an issue. It's still his right elbow, which he underwent surgery to remove bone chips from last October, that's the problem. Either way, it's been a rough spring for Meredith. "I'm sure he's down in the dumps about it," Riggleman said.
>>>Chien-Ming Wang will throw live batting practice today, his final preparation before throwing in a game in the Nationals' accelerated minor league camp on March 4.
Wang has indicated that he would like to be ready to pitch in the majors by opening day, a change from his initial plan to start the season on the disabled list. "I was glad to hear that," Riggleman said.
| February 26, 2011; 9:56 AM ET
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