VIERA, Fla. -- It's the final day of pitcher and catcher workouts, and not a moment too soon. Everyone around here is ready for the full squad to take the field tomorrow morning and really get this camp cranking.
Every position player has been accounted for, no visa issues to report. (Pitchers Henry Rodriguez and Elvin Ramirez, meanwhile, remain in Venezuela waiting for their cases to be resolved.) So we'll get our first look at Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth tomorrow, with both guys (along with all the other position players) taking live BP from members of the Nationals pitching staff.
Full-squad defensive drills will also begin tomorrow, and one thing I'll be interested to see is how various members of the roster shuttle back and forth between multiple positions. The Nationals have no shortage of versatile players in this camp; just about everyone is capable of playing multiple positions, and just about everyone will be counted on to play multiple positions before the season ends.
Jerry Hairston can play second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions, and Jim Riggleman said this morning the veteran utilityman will probably split his time this spring evenly between the infield and outfield.
Roger Bernadina, Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel will get most of their playing time in left field, but Bernadina and Ankiel will also see time in center field, and both Morse and Ankiel will fill-in at first base at times.
Werth and Harper are both right fielders, but both will play some center field during camp.
Even Matt Stairs, who is basically a pinch-hitting specialist at this stage of his career, will be asked to play some left field and first base. The 42-year-old has lost some weight in recent seasons, and Riggleman was given reports that said Stairs can be counted to help out in the field.
"The way it's been told to me is, he'll never embarrass you in left field or first base," Riggleman said. "Now, we're not looking to start him in games there during the season. But you get in those situations sometimes where you're down to extra innings and you need somebody. It could happen."