Nationals formally announce opening day roster


Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

In placing right-handed starter Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday afternoon, the Nationals formally announced the opening day 25-man roster, which had no surprises. Manager Matt Williams has refused to name a starting second baseman, although the team has operated as if it will be Anthony Rendon. Both Rendon and Danny Espinosa are listed as infielders, while Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche and Ryan Zimmerman are listed at their specific positions.

The Nationals will open the season Monday at 1 p.m. in New York against the Mets.

Starting rotation (5)

RHP Stephen Strasburg

LHP Gio Gonzalez

RHP Jordan Zimmermann

RHP Tanner Roark

RHP Taylor Jordan

 

Relievers (7)

LHP Jerry Blevins

LHP Ross Detwiler

RHP Aaron Barrett

RHP Tyler Clippard

RHP Rafael Soriano

RHP Craig Stammen

RHP Drew Storen

 

Catchers (2)

C Jose Lobaton (switch hitter)

C Wilson Ramos

 

Infielders (6)

SS Ian Desmond

INF Danny Espinosa (switch hitter)

INF Kevin Frandsen

1B Adam LaRoche

INF Anthony Rendon

3B Ryan Zimmerman

 

Outfielders (5)

OF Scott Hairston

OF Bryce Harper

OF Nate McLouth

OF Denard Span

OF Jayson Werth

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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