Wilson Ramos starts at catcher, Rafael Soriano debuts and lineups

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

It should be an eventful day at Space Coast Stadium in Viera today. Wilson Ramos will get behind the plate in a game for the first time since tearing his ACL and meniscus in last May. He will play three innings and get at least one at-bat. Closer Rafael Soriano makes his spring debut — the first of eight appearances this spring — and will likely pitch the seventh inning.

Houston Astros Manager Bo Porter, last year’s third base coach for the Nationals, manages against mentor Davey Johnson for the first time.

Henry Rodriguez, still easing back from offseason elbow surgery to remove bone spurs and recent arm tightness, threw his first live batting practice today. He is expected to appear in his first game and face only one batter on Friday.

“Much better,” he said after throwing. “I feel like myself again.”

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Jayson Werth, RF

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, DH

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Chad Tracy, 3B

–Dan Haren, SP

 

Pitching order:

Dan Haren

Zach Duke

Rafael Soriano

Jeremy Accardo

Tyler Clippard

Patrick McCoy

Astros:

1. Tyler Greene, SS

2. Jose Altuve, 2B

3. Chris Carter, LF

4. Chris Wallace, 1B

5. Justin Maxwell, CF

6. J.D. Martinez, RF

7. Carlos Corporan, C

8. Matt Dominguez, 3B

9. Marwin Gonzalez, DH

–Lucas Harrell, SP (RHP)

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