The Washington Times - January 16, 2013, 12:38PM

The Nationals will be holding NatsFest on Jan. 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an event that will include select players, coaches and team personnel.

The event, which will be open to fans from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., will offer access to a host of activities including live batting cages, Question & Answer sessions with players and coaches, a Kids Zone area and more. 


A preliminary roster of players expected to attend the event was released Wednesday on the Nationals’ official site and is headlined by Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Gio Gonzalez.

Here are the players expected to attend:

Corey Brown

Tyler Clippard

Ian Desmond

Ross Detwiler

Danny Espinosa

Christian Garcia

Gio Gonzalez

Brian Goodwin

Dan Haren

Bryce Harper

Nathan Karns

Steve Lombardozzi

Ryan Mattheus 

Tyler Moore

Michael Morse

Ryan Perry

Anthony Rendon

Will Rhymes

Matt Skole

Denard Span

Drew Storen

Kurt Suzuki

Chad Tracy

Jayson Werth

Jordan Zimmermann

    Nationals owner Mark Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo are also expected to be in attendance. Ryan Zimmerman and Davey Johnson are both not expected to attend given that they’re traveling, Zimmerman on his honeymoon and Johnson on vacation in Africa. Stephen Strasburg is also not on the preliminary list as he’s holding a charity event in San Diego that weekend.

    For more details on NatsFest, here’s the official website.