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After two seasons lost mostly to a devastating wrist injury, DeRosa’s healthy and ready to contribute. Though he’ll likely start often, his versatility makes him arguably the most valuable member of the bench.

1 Steve Lombardozzi

Age: 23 - B/T: S/R

The Columbia, Md., native will see time at third, shortstop, second and left field as the Nationals attempt to get him in the lineup nearly every day even without a starting job to give.

18 Chad Tracy

Age: 31 - B/T: L/R

Davey Johnson singled Tracy out as the most improved player in camp. With Rick Ankiel requiring a DL stint, Tracy earned himself a spot on the team as a backup first baseman/left fielder.

OUTFIELDERS

28 Jayson Werth

Age: 32 - B/T: R/R

Nationals manager Davey Johnson is leading the pack of those who think Werth is primed for a big season after a mostly disastrous 2011 at the plate.

2 Roger Bernadina

Age: 27 - B/T: L/L

His potential is tantalizing but his inconsistency is maddening. Could find himself as a fourth outfielder but the opportunity is there for him to be more.

15 Brett Carroll

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