The Washington Times - February 22, 2013, 08:56AM

VIERA, Fla. — The Washington Nationals will open their 2013 Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, Feb. 23, with a 12:10 p.m. game down the east coast of Florida in Port St. Lucie against the New York Mets.

Stephen Strasburg has known he’d be pitching in this game for about a week, with manager Davey Johnson setting the spring rotation a bit earlier than he posted the travel roster for Saturday’s game. Jordan Zimmermann will start the home opener on Sunday, but Strasburg will be joined by Craig Stammen, Cole Kimball, Fernando Abad, Bill Bray, Erik Davis and Pat McCoy on the trip.

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Shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielders Bryce Harper and Denard Span are the three regulars making the trip with Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Chad Tracy rounding out the travelers who spent most of 2012 on the big league roster.

Here is the full travel roster:

Catchers

Sandy Leon
Carlos Maldonado
Chris Snyder
Jhonatan Solano

Infielders

Ian Desmond
Steve Lombardozzi
Chris Marrero
Micah Owings
Anthony Rendon
Will Rhymes
Carlos Rivero
Matt Skole
Chad Tracy
Zach Walters

Outfielders

Corey Brown
Bryce Harper
Tyler Moore
Eury Perez
Denard Span

Pitchers

Stephen Strasburg
Craig Stammen
Fernando Abad
Bill Bray
Erik Davis
Cole Kimball
Pat McCoy