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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Jayson Werth likely to play, Ryan Zimmerman still sitting

By Adam Kilgore

Jayson Werth will likely play today following a day off yesterday to rest sore legs, while Ryan Zimmerman will rest his minor abdominal tweak for at least one more day.

Werth came to Space Coast Stadium today and told trainers, "I'm good, I'm ready to go," according to Manager Jim Riggleman. Still, Riggleman may give Werth a precautionary day off if the condition of the field is poor. It's been raining all morning in Viera, and while it's expected to stop some time around noon, it could lead to soggy playing conditions.

Zimmerman will miss his third straight game, but both he and the Nationals have expressed extreme confidence the issue is, in Zimmerman's words, "a non-factor." Zimmerman feels there's no need to risk turning a small tweak into a problem to contend with.

"He's, again, fine," Riggleman said. "There's just no reason to put him in there today."

Zimmerman, Riggleman said, will take batting practice indoors and workout as he normally would. He just won't play today.

As for those who will play, the Nationals have a doubleheader today, with one game at 1:05 at home in Viera and another in Kissimmee against the Astros at 6:05. Chad Gaudin will start this afternoon.

Tom Gorzelanny will pitch the night game, an important step for him as he recovers from the illness that laid him low prior to spring training. Riggleman today confirmed the presumed sentiment that Gorzelanny, if he doesn't have the fifth starter spot sewed up, at least has the inside track.

"We got him over here to start," Riggleman said. "We're going into this thing thinking he's one of our starters. We anticipate him getting stretched out in plenty of time to start whatever slot he takes in the rotation. That's where we are with it right now. There is competition in the camp, but we brought him in here to be a starter, and that's what we anticipate."

There's not a lineup posted for either game yet, but it seems at least one player will be playing in both games. From Bryce Harper's @BHarp34 Twitter account:

Gonna be a long day today! Playing in both games today! Lovin the baseball life! :) #lehgo #nats #MLB #winning #SpringTraining

With Harper, here are the major league position players listed as traveling to Kissimmee for the night game:

Derek Norris
Wilson Ramos
Jhonathan Solano
Kevin Barker
Brian Bixler
Danny Espinosa
Jerry Hairston
Chris Marrero
Rick Ankiel
Roger Bernadina
Jeff Frazier
Bryce Harper

And extras from minor league camp:

Chris Antonelli
Stephen King
Stephen Lombardozzi
Eury Perez
Destin Hood

And the pitchers:

Collin Balester
Adam Carr
Tom Gorzelanny
Cole Kimball
Garrett Mock
Athualap Severino

By Adam Kilgore  | March 10, 2011; 10:02 AM ET
 
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Comments

Hairston and Ankiel really pulled babysitting duty! Great to have veterans who are good role players in camp.

Posted by: natinbeantown | March 10, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

All right, I am starting to get nervous about Zim's tweaked abdominal. Certainly is smart to rest him now. Hope it isn't something that nags him all year.

Posted by: NatsFly | March 10, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Man if Zimmerman is already sitting out games left and right, just imagine how many games he'll "volunteer" to sit out during the regular season when the Natinals are 20 games out in mid-May?

And the Natinals and their remaining fans think this guy is a "team leader?"

Don't see Mark Reynolds or any other Orioles volunteering to sit out 1 game, let alone 3 straight games.

Of course the O's got a bunch of winners and team players, while the Natinals got a bunch of selfish primadonnas, has-beens, and never-weres.

Good luck watching the Natinals imploding on their way to losing 120+ games. Of course tv ratings show more people watch the O's than the Natinals so probably no one will be watching the Natinals stinkness anyway.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 10, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Man if Zimmerman is already sitting out games left and right, just imagine how many games he'll "volunteer" to sit out during the regular season when the Natinals are 20 games out in mid-May?

And the Natinals and their remaining fans think this guy is a "team leader?"

Don't see Mark Reynolds or any other Orioles volunteering to sit out 1 game, let alone 3 straight games.

Of course the O's got a bunch of winners and team players, while the Natinals got a bunch of selfish primadonnas, has-beens, and never-weres.

Good luck watching the Natinals imploding on their way to losing 120+ games. Of course tv ratings show more people watch the O's than the Natinals so probably no one will be watching the Natinals stinkness anyway.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | March 10, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Adam: What's the weather status at the ballpark? Local radar isn't very promising at this time. (No snow or freezing rain as it might be in Joysey!)

Posted by: bjvon58 | March 10, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Adam: Can you give us an insight into the probability of the Viera game with current rain?

Posted by: bjvon58 | March 10, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Did I perceive this correctly about yesterday's game? Todd Coffey came in for one inning, threw nine pitches, and got nine swinging strikes?

Now, THAT'S what I want in a closer!

Posted by: FergusonFoont | March 10, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Antonelli's first name is Matt.

Posted by: rkmille | March 10, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

FergusonFoont, not likely. We've been seeing this all spring training. On MLB Scoreboard, they do not keep an accurate count of pitches. A ball put in play will appear like a one pitch at bat. A walk will appear like a 4 pitch/ 4 ball at bat and a K will appear like a 3 pitch / 3 strike at bat.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 10, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Viera and planning to attend this game so I called the ballpark. First pitch is now scheduled for 2:00pm.

Posted by: greggwiggins | March 10, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Based on Kilgore's comments during Tracee Hamilton's chat this morning it would seem that the days of Poopy's mindless brand of "stinkiness" on NJ may be numbered. Good riddance.

Posted by: Natmeister | March 10, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Natmeister,

What was said?

Posted by: hansenjo | March 10, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Can't copy the duiscussion text but the Q. was at 11:28 am regarding qutoes from certain commentors on NJ. The A. from Kilgore was that the Post was working on a new system to separate productive, civil discussions from the problem commentors. I was reading between the lines.

Posted by: Natmeister | March 10, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

That bus to Jupiter, FLA hopefully has room on it for a couple more pitchers - With Gorzelanny on his 1st start, and Mock in the bullpen, I wouldn't feel safe with fewer than eight.

Posted by: BinM | March 10, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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