There's only one game today and it's at Viera, Florida's Space Coast Stadium, against the same Braves that beat the Nationals 4-0 yesterday in Orlando, Florida's Champions Stadium, Atlanta's Spring home. Today it's Washington in the bottoms of innings with left-hander Scott Olsen on the mound...against second-year starter Tommy Hanson, the 23-year-old right-hander who debuted with an (11-4) '09 campaign in which he K'd 116 (8.2 K/9), walked 46 (3.2 BB/9) gave up 41 ER (2.89 ERA, 143 ERA+, 3.50 FIP) while posting a 1.18 WHIP in 21 starts and 127.2 IP. So far this Spring, Hanson's K'd 15 in 14.1 IP, walked 4 and allowed 4 ER on 14 hits in 4 starts...against Braves' pitcher Scott Proctor, as Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer David O'Brien tweeted this morning that Hanson will instead be, "...pitching in minor league game to avoid rain expected to begin here after only a couple of innings."
• More On Scott Olsen, and the DC Starting Lineup...After The JUMP!!
• DC Starting Lineup:
- NMIMH!!! - CF
- "Opening Day" Ian Desmond - SS
- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!! - 3B (Word.)
- The Big "When It Counts" - 1B
- The Hammer - DH
- The New AK - 2B
- Roger Bernadina - LF
- Wil "Blocker" Nieves - C
- Willy Taveras - RF
- Scott Olsen - SP
• More On Olsen:
Olsen, the one-time Marlins' lefty who's currently competing for a role in Washington's rotation, should be used to the rain-delays from his time in Florida. Olsen's working his way back from surgery he had last season to repair a small tear of his left labrum. In 3 starts and 9.1 IP, the 26-year-old Olsen's allowed 23 hits, 3 HR and 10 ER this Spring. Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman told MLB.com's Bill Ladson, in a blog post entitled, "Olsen has something to prove Sunday vs. Braves", that he, "...hopes to name his starting rotation by Monday," and needs to see Olsen, "...get people out." Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore writes this morning in an article with a title that gives it all away, "Craig Stammen works through injury to make Washington Nationals' starting rotation", that Craig Stammen's role in the rotation has been made official, leaving Livan Hernandez, J.D. Martin and Olsen battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster. MLB.com's Mr. Ladson notes, back in his blog post that, "...the Nationals could option [Olsen] to Triple-A Syracuse or release him," if he doesn't make the 25-man roster after signing a $1M dollar incentive-laden deal to return to DC this winter...
• I've learned to be cautious when writing these things in the last week, but by all appearances, it seems that this one will be available on MLB Gameday Audio, with the Braves' feed the only one available. It's not listed on Sirius/XM's schedule or WFED's...If you can't find the game, check in here, where we'll be listening and hopefully receiving live reports from FB's Doghouse, who's in Space Coast Stadium at the game this afternoon, after reporting live from Orlando yesterday.