Who’s on first? And everywhere else?
Good afternoon, folks. You may or may not be aware that the Nationals are planning to release their 25-man roster this afternoon either before or after their exhibition game with the Red Sox at 4:05 today. There are rumblings already of the roster, but nothing 100% official as yet.
What we do know is this: Garrett Mock is the Nats’ fifth starter, So, Scott Olsen has been optioned to Syracuse. So has outfielder Roger Bernadina. Eric Bruntlett and Mike MacDougal have been re-assigned to minor league camp (meaning they’ll likely be inhabiting Alliance Bank Stadium soon).
Olsen threw a gem in his final start in Spring Training. That, though, did not outweigh some rather troubling performances to him and the team early in March. Olsen, coming off a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last season, will open the season in Syracuse.
Bernadina, too, has had injury trouble. Soon after being summoned to the Beltway last year, Bernadina broke his right ankle trying to flag down a Dan Uggla fly ball. He, like Justin Maxwell, could still be part of the Major League team sooner rather than later. It’s easy to draw that conclusion–each spent (or seemingly would spend) a good chunk of the season in Washington in ’09.
More as it comes across.