Strasburg returned to the mound after missing his previous start, Bryce Harper slipped on the warning track, Nate McLouth will likely not be ready by Opening Day and other notes from Saturday.
Max Scherzer, who had previously been announced as the Opening Day starter, will be followed in the rotation by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.
After leaving Friday’s game in the third inning with what he described as upper back soreness, Zimmerman said he does not expect to take more than a couple days off to rest.
“If something gets done before [Opening Day], which is probably pretty rare right now, then it gets done,” Zimmermann said. “But it’s not looking good.”
Zimmerman left Friday’s game in the third inning after diving to snag a ground ball. “He dove for that ball, banged himself a little bit,” Williams said. “But he’s good. No worries.”
Span was set to swing a fungo bat Friday, his first swings since abdominal surgery, while Anthony Rendon worked on his lateral movement with ladder drills.
Emmanuel Burriss, Manny Delcarmen, Cutter Dykstra, Kila Ka’aihue, Steven Lerud and Derrick Robinson were reassigned to minor-league camp Friday, leaving 36 players in big-league camp.
Gonzalez allowed only two hits and walked three while pitching five scoreless innings Thursday in Washington’s 8-3 loss to the New York Mets.
Harper is feeling ill, Jayson Werth is progressing in his rehabilitation process and other notes from Viera.
After spending the better part of the past two seasons playing overseas, Ka’aihue signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals in January. He is among a handful of players still competing for a spot on Washington’s bench.
Turner was provisionally traded from the Padres to the Nationals in late November, but won’t be able to join his new team until June because of a rule preventing draft picks from being acquired in their first season.
LaRoche used to tag along with his father, then the White Sox’s bullpen coach, in the late 1980s, and the experiences of his formative years guided him back to Chicago after leaving the Nationals in November.