He took early batting practice Friday at Nationals Park, after finishing minor league rehab assignments and, by Manager Davey Johnson’s account, looked good.

Saturday will be the true test against righthander Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.35 ERA). In batting practice before Saturday’s game, Ankiel seemed fine, too.


1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Jayson Werth, RF

6. Xavier Nady, LF

7. Rick Ankiel, CF

8. Jesus Flores, C

9. Edwin Jackson, SP


1. Willie Harris, 2B

2. Zack Cozart, SS

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Miguel Cairo, 3B

6. Chris Heisey, LF

7. Drew Stubbs, CF

8. Devin Mesoraco, C

9. Homer Bailey, SP