Roster set for now

The Nationals finalized their 25-man roster yesterday, however, it won’t be long before it changes. The Nats kept an extra reliever (eight total) because they won’t need a fifth starter–Livan Hernandez–until Sunday against the Mets.

“There are a couple of spots that are going to be vulnerable when we add the fifth starter,” Jim Riggleman said. “So that will be another tough call. A lot of guys are making the club right now, but we can’t carry eight relievers when we get to the 11th of April.”

Opening Day 2010

The Rotation:

1.      John Lannan – LHP

2.      Jason Marquis – RHP

3.      Craig Stammen – RHP

4.      Garrett Mock – RHP


1.      Matt Capps – RHP

2.      Brian Bruney – RHP

3.      Tyler Clippard – RHP

4.      Sean Burnett – LHP

5.      Miguel Batista – RHP

6.      Jason Bergmann – RHP

7.      Jesse English – LHP

8.      Tyler Walker – RHP


1.      Wil Nieves

2.      Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez


1.      Ryan Zimmerman

2.      Cristian Guzman

3.      Ian Desmond

4.      Adam Dunn

5.      Adam Kennedy

6.      Alberto Gonzalez

7.      Mike Morse


1.      Willie Harris

2.      Nyjer Morgan

3.      Josh Willingham

4.      Willy Tavares


Here is a look back at the Opening Day 2009 25-man roster. (The names in bold are on the 2010 Opening Day roster.)

The Rotation:

1.      John Lannan – LHP

2.      Scott Olsen – LHP–Triple-A Syracuse

3.      Daniel Cabrera – RHP

4.      Shairon Martis – RHP–Triple-A Syracuse


1.      Joel Hanrahan – RHP

2.      Joe Beimel – LHP

3.      Mike Hinckley – LHP

4.      Wil Ledezma – LHP

5.      Saul Rivera – RHP

6.      Steven Shell – RHP

7.      Julian Tavarez – RHP


1.      Jesus Flores–60-day DL 

2.      Wil Nieves

3.      Josh Bard


1.      Ryan Zimmerman

2.      Cristian Guzman

3.      Ronnie Belliard

4.      Nick Johnson

5.      Willie Harris

6.      Alberto Gonzalez


1.      Adam Dunn

2.      Lastings Milledge

3.      Austin Kearns

4.      Josh Willingham

5.      Elijah Dukes

It was an unconventional roster, with 11 pitchers and 14 position players, three of which were catchers. They could do that because they didn’t need a fifth starter until the middle of April. Jordan Zimmermann was the fifth starter but wasn’t called up until April 20 when Josh Bard was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.


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