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“He could need to have a root canal or something,” Johnson said. “He hasn’t complained of anything, but that’s something you always look at because if they have an impacted molar or something, it can lead to an infection and that can be a problem for your shoulder.

“We just want to get it fixed now, rather than wait.”

Soriano endured his roughest outing of the spring Monday afternoon, allowing four hits, a walk and five runs in 2/3 of an inning. After the game, Johnson said he felt it was perhaps the best he’s seen his closer look, despite the results.

When Soriano arrived at Nationals camp this spring, he told Johnson that he needed about 8-10 innings of work in the spring and he liked to go back-to-back once before the season began. He’s appeared in five games already. With nine games remaining, there should still be plenty of time for him to reach those checkpoints.

Around the horn

According to the online oddsmaker Bovada, Stephen Strasburg is the favorite to win the National League Cy Young award, currently with 11-2 odds. Bryce Harper also has 10-1 odds to win the NL MVP award, third behind Joey Votto (15-2) and Ryan Braun (9-1), and tied with Matt Kemp. … Harper was 2 for 3 with four RBI on Wednesday, bringing his spring average to .400. … Kurt Suzuki became the first Nationals catcher this spring to play nine innings Wednesday. … Washington on Wednesday acquired left-hander Ian Krol from Oakland to complete the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to Seattle.