Mar 23, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ryan Zimmerman is obviously making the team, but what about Ian Desmond?
VIERA, Fla. — We've just about hit the stretch run of spring training. Opening Day is a mere 13 days away. And the Nationals' roster, which once stood at 60, has been whittled down to the final 36 legitimate contenders for jobs.
So as we wait for tonight's 6:05 p.m. game against the Tigers in Lakeland — with Scott Olsen facing a critical moment in his attempt to crack the rotation — this seems like a good time to make some projections.
And since this is March and all eyes remain on a certain basketball tournament, we'll organize this like all those "bracketology" experts do when trying to predict who's in and who's out…
PROJECTED NATS OPENING DAY ROSTER
CF Nyjer Morgan
RF Willie Harris
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn
LF Josh Willingham
2B Adam Kennedy
SS Ian Desmond
C Ivan Rodriguez
C Wil Nieves
SS Cristian Guzman
INF Eric BruntlettRead more »
NL EAST STANDINGS
WED: Nats at Phillies, 7:35 p.m.
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
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