The Washington Times - March 29, 2013, 12:43PM

Jayson Werth’s left elbow is sore and stiff after he took a pitch off it in Wednesday’s game, but he is in the Washington Nationals’ lineup Friday afternoon as they take on the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. 

Bryce Harper’s left thumb is still an issue, but better — and not enough to keep him out of the lineup, either.


The Nationals will finalize their 25-man roster after Friday’s game, making what appears to be a decision between putting Henry Rodriguez on the disabled list to begin the season and keeping J.C. Romero, or sending Romero to Syracuse and going with Rodriguez to open the season.

Here are the full lineups:


Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Wilson Ramos C
Steve Lombardozzi DH
Jordan Zimmermann P


Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C