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Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo have plenty to evaluate over the next month.
The Grapefruit League doesn't officially commence until tomorrow when the Nationals head to Kissimmee to face the Astros, but today they'll get a tune-up with an exhibition game against Georgetown University.
Manager Davey Johnson won't be throwing his big-name guys to the wolves quite yet; he'll ease them in over the next few days. Today, you'll be seeing almost exclusively backups and recent draft picks, headlined by Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke.
A few more prominent names will make the trip to Kissimmee tomorrow. Johnson's starting lineup: SS Ian Desmond, 2B Danny Espinosa, CF Rick Ankiel, 1B Chad Tracy, DH Jason Michaels, 3B Mark Teahen, RF Bryce Harper, LF Roger Bernadina, C Jesus Flores. Right-hander Edwin Jackson is scheduled to be on the mound against old friend Livan Hernandez. The Nationals' scheduled relief corps: Ross Detwiler, Chad Durbin, Sean Burnett and Ryan Perry.
That still leaves a bunch of big-name regulars, including Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Michael Morse, Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos. Look for all of them to debut Sunday when the Astros come to Space Coast Stadium to face Stephen Strasburg.