Zach Walters in 2013 spring training. (David J. Phillip / AP) Zach Walters in 2013 spring training. (David J. Phillip / AP)

Nationals Manager Matt Williams hinted that Zach Walters, recently promoted from Class AAA Syracuse, could start at second base against right-handers. The Nationals face right-handed Alfredo Simon on Friday in Cincinnati, and Williams is turning to Walters. He took grounders at second base during spring training and played there in games.

Walters has played 27 games at second at Syracuse, as many games as he has played at third base. The switch-hitting infielder has a .963 OPS against right-handers at Syracuse this season and hit 12 of his 15 home runs from the left side of the plate. Williams could platoon Walters and Danny Espinosa at second during Ryan Zimmerman’s absence; Walters could face right-handers and Espinosa could face left-handers.



1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Bryce Harper, LF

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Zach Walters, 2B

9. Tanner Roark, SP



1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Skip Schumaker, 2B

3. Todd Frazier, 3B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Devin Mesoraco, C

7. Brayan Pena, 1B

8. Jared Cozart, SS

9. Alfredo Simon, SP