The Nationals bookended their 8-7 loss to the Astros on Wednesday with poor pitching but had plenty of positives in the middle innings.
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There isn't a whole lot of pregame news today, mostly updates on a few things, so here you go.
The competition for the Nationals fifth rotation spot is getting tougher each day and though Tom Gorzelanny would have to completely implode in the next two weeks in order to be knocked off the top spot, it's a good dilemma for the Nationals to have.
The goal for Tom Gorzelanny Tuesday night in Port St. Lucie was simple: to pitch better than the did in his debut, a 2.1 inning performance that brought up questions about his viability as the Nationals fifth starter. He tailed off a bit in his final two innings but Gorzelanny was certainly better this time around, tossing four innings, allowing just two hits but walked three and gave up the game-tying run to the New York Mets in the bottom of the fourth. The Nationals lost 5-2.
Danny Espinosa was walking in the clubhouse without a noticeable limp Tuesday night, putting to rest fears that the talented young second baseman would miss significant time with a foot injury after fouling a ball flush off the top of his right foot in the seventh inning.
Danny Espinosa was just helped into the clubhouse, looking like he was unable to put weight on his right foot after fouling a pitch off of it in the top of the seventh inning.
Michael Morse became the third National of the day to be scratched from the lineup when Laynce Nix went out to left field in his place to begin the bottom of the first inning. According to a Nationals spokesman, Morse was scratched just before the first pitch because he was feeling under the weather.
Ryan Zimmerman and Ivan Rodriguez were scratched from today's lineup with groin and left calf soreness, respectively. Neither injury is considered serious but Zimmerman will be shut down for four or five days. Riggleman said that if it were the regular season Zimmerman would play but Rodriguez "definitely" would not.
The Nationals are heading to Port St. Lucie this evening for a 7:10 p.m. game with the Mets so there won't be much action until later today. Here's the travel roster for tonight, with Tom Gorzelanny making his second start of the spring. Also, a minor Nationals Park note.
Drew Storen needed a few reminders today, before he went out and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers -- an outing Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said was "definitely" the reliever's best of the spring. Before he stepped on the mound, he looked at the brim of his hat where he'd written the three things he needed to remember once he took the ball: Down, precise, focus through the target.
Jason Marquis continued to distance himself from a forgettable 2010 with another solid start this spring.
Stephen Strasburg and Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz were in right field early this morning at Space Coast Stadium as the right-hander continued to take steps in his rehab from Tommy John ligament reconstruction surgery by playing catch with Kuntz from 90 feet.
VIERA, Fla. -- We're a few minutes from the first pitch here at Space Coast Stadium where Jason Marquis will be making his third start of the spring. Before he takes the mound, a few quick notes about Marquis:
Brian Bixler is still "in the mix" for a bench spot, 2006 first-rounder Chris Marrero gets the start at first base today, looking to continue his impressive spring and the lineups for today's 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Detroit Tigers.
When Nyjer Morgan strode to the plate Sunday afternoon as the leadoff hitter for the Nationals against Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins, there was a strong round of boos that rippled through Roger Dean Stadium. Three pitches later, in an 0-2 count, Nolasco hit Morgan on his right side -- a move that was met with cheers from the crowd. So was it bad blood or bad control?