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Werth to start in CF tomorrow

Mar 3, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth tracks down a fly ball during a workout earlier this week.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Jayson Werth will make his spring training game debut tomorrow as expected. The position he'll man for the Nationals' Grapefruit League home opener against the Astros was anything but expected.

Werth will start in center field, the first indication of the year that the veteran could see significant time there during the regular season, especially once top prospect Bryce Harper arrives.

Harper is not in manager Davey Johnson's pre-announced lineup for tomorrow's game (he'll have made back-to-back starts in right field against Georgetown yesterday and the Astros today). But rather than put Werth in his regular right field spot, Johnson will have him start in center, with non-roster invitee Brett Carroll in right.

Johnson wasn't interested this morning in revealing much about his plan for Werth this spring.

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  1. Mick - Mar 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    fun begins today

  2. Another_Sam - Mar 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    What's the real story on LaRoche's health? I'm fearing the worst.

  3. realdealnats - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I don't know either, Sam, but it sure looks like a long, slow, precautionary comeback with plenty of Morse at 1B.

  4. SonnyG10 - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Werth in center already…hmmmm. Maybe Bryce making opening day roster is a possibility.

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