Jordan Zimmermann (center) talks with his teammates during spring training in Viera, Fla. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

NEW YORK — The Nationals scratched Jordan Zimmermann from his first start of the season Thursday afternoon with “flulike symptoms,” a team spokesperson said. Right-hander Tanner Roark, who had been tabbed to start Friday’s home opener at Nationals Park, will start in Zimmermann’s place.

Several Nationals players have battled the flu and chest colds during spring training and early this season, including Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Rafael Soriano, Jeff Kobernus and Tyler Moore.

We’ll have more soon on Zimmermann’s condition. Here is the full Nationals lineup.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Bryce Harper, LF

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Sandy Leon, C

9. Tanner Roark, P



1. Eric Young, Jr., LF

2. Daniel Murphy, 2B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Curtis Granderson, RF

5. Lucas Duda, 1B

6. Juan Lagares, CF

7. Travis d’Arnaud, C

8. Ruben Tejada, SS

9. Zack Wheeler, P