The Washington Times - March 14, 2009, 12:04PM

Quick turnaround this morning—after a drive back through the boonies (as Mark allegedly called Manny Acta‘s neighborhood once), I’m down in Port St. Lucie, where the Nats and Mets meet for the 14th time this spring.

(Hasn’t been that many? Maybe it just feels like it).


Anyway, the only real news of the morning is this: Shawn Hill will start Monday against the Marlins in Jupiter, though he’ll only throw an inning. His bullpen session went well enough yesterday that the Nationals feel comfortable putting him in front of live hitters.

Manny Acta reiterated the Nationals aren’t making any plans around Hill, but said if he’s healthy, that will be enough to earn the right-hander a spot in the rotation. “He doesn’t need to be better than any of those guys (competing for the final two spots in the rotation),” Acta said. “We know what he can do.”

Back with more later. At least the Mets are starting some legitimate major-leaguers, courtesy of the Domincan Republic’s early exit from the WBC. Jose Reyes is leading off for them today.