The Nationals held a non-eventful workout this morning for the players not traveling to tonight’s game in Port St. Lucie, which means every starter and almost every position player projected to make the 25-man roster. Chad Tracy, who received more spring at-bats than any National last year as he tried to make the team, joked that it would be the first Grapefruit League trip he missed as a National.
Davey Johnson held out his veterans from the first two games, but some will start to get action this week. First baseman Adam LaRoche, for one, plans to make his spring debut Wednesday at home against the Marlins.
Ryan Zimmerman went through the full workout this morning, taking full batting practice and playing catch. His throwing motion keeps getting stronger by the day. It will only mean something if he can carry it over into the games, but during warmups he’s zipping the ball overhand.
The biggest news of the morning may have been the disappearance of Ian Desmond’s mustache. “Time to get serious,” Desmond said. “That was a clown ‘stache.”
You can see tonight’s lineup here. Collin McHugh will start for the Mets. These are the pitchers schedule to make the trip to relieve Gio Gonzalez:
Will Ohman, a left-handed reliever in camp on a minor league deal, was down to pitch yesterday put felt a slight pull in his hamstring. It’s very minor. If the Nationals choose to add a lefty specialist, Ohman would be in the running with Bill Bray.