Perhaps it is a good sign of the Nationals' pitching depth that the first three players cut from the spring roster have all had varying levels of success in the big leagues. Lefty Matt Chico and right-handers Joe Bisenius and Shairon Martis were all re-assigned to minor-league camp.
All three had pitched for the Nationals in the majors within the past 24 months, but none of the three had much chance of making the big league team this spring, given the depth of the team's pitching.
"In trying to get guys ready who we realistically think are going to be on the club," Manager Jim Riggleman said, "we had to pare it down a little bit. [Pitching coach] Steve McCatty was doing his scheduling for the next 10 days and he's just not seeing any innings where he can commit to those guys."
In the case of Chico, who made the majors in 2010, his spring training output for the Nationals consisted of exactly one inning against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.
"Honestly, just seeing everybody in cam, I thought this was going to happen," Chico said. "I'm not oblivious. I want to be on the team but the numbers speak for themselves. There are some things that need to happen, and I need to go get innings, and if I'm going to be starting I need to get my innings up."
Just a reminder: Tom Gorzelanny and Chien-Ming Wang, candidates for the team's fifth-starter job, are both scheduled to pitch in a "camp" game against minor-leaguers at 10 a.m. on one of the back fields. I'll have an update later. And of course, Jason Marquis starts against the Braves at 1:05 p.m.
Here is the Nationals' lineup:
CF Nyjer Morgan
LF Roger Bernadina
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
SS Alberto Gonzalez
P Jason Marquis