The Nationals are being introduced on the field now and thought it’s overcast and cold, it looks like we will have baseball here in D.C.
With all the pageantry of Opening Day and the fact that not much has changed since yesterday, there is not much in the way of pregame news, but here are a few notes to tide you over.
— The Nationals are considering not using fifth starter Tom Gorzelanny until Saturday, April 9, in New York. While the team carried five starters out of spring training with the idea of running them straight through 1-5, with an off day on Friday and then another on Monday, the team is considering skipping Gorzelanny the first time through the rotation.
That mean’s they’d line up as such: John Lannan Saturday (4/2) vs. Braves, Jordan Zimmermann Sunday (4/3) vs. Braves, Jason Marquis Tuesday (4/5) at Marlins, Livan Hernandez Wednesday (4/6) at Marlins, Lannan Thursday (4/7) at Marlins, Zimmerman Friday (4/8) at Mets, Gorzelanny Saturday (4/9) at Mets, Marquis Sunday (4/10) at Mets.
The team has another off day on Monday, April 11, so that would put Hernandez on Tuesday, April 12 on five days rest and the rest of the pitchers would fall in line from there.
Doing things this way, slotting Gorzelanny in on April 9, also allows Marquis to pitch on regular rest on Sunday.
— Speaking of Marquis, he stayed back in Viera on Wednesday while the rest of the team came north to throw five innings in a minor league game and keep him on regular rest for his start on Tuesday in Florida against the Marlins.
— While it’s always an adjustment for the players coming from the warm weather in Florida north, most seemed to be taking the proper precautions (read: bundling up) for the weather today in D.C.
Jerry Hairston Jr., recalling an Opening Day in Baltimore when the game was called on account of snow, said it certainly wasn’t the worst conditions he’s seen.
It’s relatively dry here right now and we’re about to play ball. Enjoy the game.