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Anthony Rendon returns, Adrian Nieto makes the White Sox

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The Nationals play their final home game of the spring today. The Mets will come to Space Coast Stadium. We may have some news today regarding the final few roster spots. For now, the Nationals are in their annual MLB security meeting, and the players on the bubble I was able to catch up with have not heard anything.

One roster nugget we do have: Catcher Adrian Nieto, whom the White Sox snagged off Class A Potomac in the Rule 5 draft, made the White Sox and will serve as their backup catcher opening day. Last year, one scout described Nieto as having a ceiling similar to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, perhaps with less power. The Nationals were deep at catcher, especially with Dominican Pedro Severino pushing his way into prospect status.

For today’s game, second baseman Anthony Rendon, having recovered from a brutal chest cold, will play for the first time since Thursday. The Nationals’ lineup will be close to that expected on Opening Day in six days, complete with Stephen Strasburg on the mound.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

5. Bryce Harper, LF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Adam LaRoche, 1B

8. Jose Lobaton, C

9. Stephen Strasburg, SP

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