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Nats (ss) vs. Marlins (ss) — 3/16/10

Mar 16, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats host the Marlins at Space Coast Stadium today.

VIERA, Fla. — It's a warm, mostly sunny, not-too-windy day here at Space Coast Stadium, a rare convergence of pleasant meteorological events for this spring. One-half of the Nationals' roster made the trip down to Jupiter today to face the Cardinals in a split-squad game. The rest of the club remained up here to face the Marlins.

Because of the need for extra players, the Nats have called up several top minor-leaguers for the day. Destin Hood and Michael Burgess are due to play in Jupiter. Here, we've got Danny Espinosa in the starting lineup and Chris Marrero on the bench, along with several others.

I talked to Espinosa this morning and will have a post on him at some point. After a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, he's enjoyed a good spring in minor-league camp and is slated to open the season as the starting shortstop at Class AA Harrisburg. If all goes according to plan, we could see him in the big leagues by September, setting up a potentially interesting question next spring, with both Espinosa and Ian Desmond in the mix for the starting job in D.C.

First things first. Craig Stammen starts today for the Nationals, hoping to make a solid impression and perhaps work his way into the Opening Day rotation. At the moment, Stammen seems more like a fall-back option in case Scott Olsen or Livan Hernandez don't make it. He's also in the mix for a long reliever's spot and can help his cause with a solid outing today.

Check back all day for updates, both from here and from Jupiter…

Space Coast Stadium, Viera, Fla.
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: None in Viera, Cardinals radio in Jupiter
Weather: Mostly sunny, 66 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

CF Willy Taveras
RF Willie Harris
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn


  1. peric - Mar 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Wishing someone would go to Jupiter too ;(

  2. Doc - Mar 16, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    So MarkMeister, for these split squad games, do you go back and forth between cities?? Just kidding. To paraphrse Ernie Banks, lets win two!!!

  3. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Win two? Heck, I'd settle for one.BTW, Mr. Z., tell your new photog that I think her pics are good (so are yours, of course). ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    SHOCKING! Ian Desmond and error in the same sentence. ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. joNAThan - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Shocking! Anonymous and a negative comment in the same sentence.

  6. Hondo - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    What kind of velocity was Stammen showing?

  7. Doc - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Its obvious that Dr. Dunn, team mental ability specialist, has been taking too much fielding practice, with the end result being back pain. We look forward to an early recovery. Go Adam!

  8. Positively Half St. - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Kilgore is in Jupiter, giving updates on NJ. Kevin Mench has a couple of homers now, but is not getting the mention and coverage that Duncan is. What is Mench hitting now, and does he have the remotest chance of making the team?

  9. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Mench is now 4-for-10 with two homers. Hasn't looked bad at all, but I wouldn't get my hopes up too much. He's still officially in minor-league camp and only gets called up to play in big-league games a couple times a week.

  10. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Good one, JoNAThan.Nooooo – don't jinx it. :-)—-Could this be the day?

  11. Positively Half St. - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Mark-I guess if he is in minor-league camp, he was willing to take the chance of ending up at Syracuse. If he goes there, he would take up a spot Chris Duncan could fill if he doesn't make the squad.

  12. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    This is awesome, most of the runs produced today were produced by guys NOT on the 25 man roster, yay us!

  13. Positively Half St. - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    I still think that Willingham should be included in a trade for a pitcher. We all love the Hammer, but Willie Harris has the stats for left.

  14. PDowdy83 - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Anonymous, The runs were driven in by Guzman (3), Harris (4) and Nieves (2) Zimmerman (1). That would be 10 of the 12 runs and those 4 are on the 25 man roster…

  15. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Super Willie! Let him pitch the bottom half!-natinbeantown

  16. greg - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    can we come up with another phrase for "day-to-day"? cuz we all know that's a "portent of doom" for any nationals player.

  17. Jeff Wang - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    How about List-to-List. you know, the day to day list, then the 15 day list, then the 60 day list then the physcially unable to perform list, then the patterson list.

  18. natsfan1a - Mar 16, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    That's good, Jeff.Finally. Not one, but two curly W's in one day.

  19. Anonymous - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    At least that monkey is off our back! Carl in 309.

  20. Nats fan in NJ - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Jeff Wang – That's hysterical. Sad and makes me cringe, but funny!

  21. peric - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Half Street, Willie Harris may be the more valuable component for any trade with a team in contention. He brings a lot to the table and his value must be reaching a spring zenith after today. Lots of teams need a guy like him who can play all those positions and bat reasonably well left-handed.

  22. Bill C-H - Mar 17, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    I was at the Marlins game – the leader of the victory was Zim…played the whole game until the grand slam – lead by example; no 2 or 3 at bats then off to the golf course – 1st Class.

  23. BinM - Mar 17, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    For once, I sort of agree with periculum. Harris is probably the "most tradeable" asset from the player side. But due to his age (turns 32 in June), he might have to be 'bundled' with other players/pitchers/prospects to return anything of value.



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