VIERA, Fla. — Nationals manager Davey Johnson came into his morning media session with a new injury update for the media corps: himself.
Johnson has been talking all spring about how he’s working himself into shape so he can take ground balls and throw batting practice and hit a little bit — just to remind the Nationals’ players that there was a time he could play himself. (Johnson, for those uninformed, was a four-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glover, twice appeared on the MVP ballot and two-time World Series winner as a player.)
He’s trying to peak around opening day, with his team, but he hit a setback Friday morning when he was running on the treadmill and hurt his hamstring.
“Fact is I was so excited today, I was feeling so frisky, that when I was doing my treadmill I overloaded my hummingbird rear-end and a little air came out of my right hammy,” Johnson said. “What I’m trying to say is I’m not quite ready to start the season.”
Johnson also had some updates on his players:
Adam LaRoche will most likely not play in the team’s home Grapefruit League opener on Sunday, Johnson said, “unless he can somehow miraculously be 100 percent.” LaRoche is improving after suffering an ankle sprain on Tuesday during baserunning drills, but with him still coming off June labrum surgery in his left shoulder, Johnson isn’t inclined to push him right now.
“But,” he added, “I do want him to get going whenever he feels like he’s not going to be at risk out there. He didn’t get a lot of at-bats last year.”
Jayson Werth participated fully in Thursday’s workout and it doesn’t appear that the back spasms that held him out of Tuesday’s workout are an issue any longer. Johnson said he’d wait and see how Werth is feeling, though, before penciling him in for Sunday’s lineup.
– Left-hander Ross Detwiler will follow Edwin Jackson to the mound on Saturday in Kissimmee, a slight change from the Nationals’ preliminary pitching schedule which had Detwiler following Stephen Strasburg on Sunday and Tom Gorzelanny taking the hill after Jackson.
Johnson said Detwiler appeared to be a bit head of Gorzelanny in his progress in the spring to this point so they felt it’d be fine to flip-flip those two.
Here are the full lineups for today’s noon tilt vs. Georgetown:
Justin Leeson, CF
Paul Bello LF
Mike Garza, SS
Danny Poplawski, 1B
Kevin Johnson, C
Corbin Blakely, 3B
Christian Venditti, RF
Jim Laufer, DH
Andy Lentz, 2B
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
Xavier Paul, LF
Bryce Harper, RF
Tyler Moore, 1B
Brett Carroll, DH
Anthony Rendon, 3B
Corey Brown, CF
Andres Blanco, SS
Sandy Leon, C