Bronson Arroyo was scratched from his scheduled start this afternoon against Wei-Yin Chen and the Miami Marlins. In Arroyo's place, Blake Treinen will take the mound today in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium, though new skipper Dusty Baker was clear recently that the Washington Nationals plan on having the righty work out of the bullpen this season.
Treinen previously started one game in Grapefruit League action with Baker explaining at the time that it gave him an opportunity to face some of the opposing team's best hitters, so his spot "start" will give him another opportunity to see more major league hitters.
Chen, a 30-year-old left-hander, signed a 5-year/$80M deal with the Marlins this winter after spending four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.
He put up a 3.34 ERA, a 4.16 FIP, 41 walks (1.93 BB/9) and 163 Ks (7.20 K/9) in his final season with the O's in 2015.
Chen will be facing a number of the Nationals' everyday players this afternoon, including Ryan Zimmerman, who is in the field at first base for the first time today after making his Grapefruit League debut this weekend, serving as the DH in his first two games.
Zimmerman is in the clean-up spot this afternoon, batting fourth after Ben Revere, Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper.
He's followed in the lineup by Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, Trea Turner and Jhonatan Solano, who will be behind the plate catching Blake Treinen and the other pitchers who made the trip to the Marlins' Spring home including Felipe Rivero, Aaron Laffey, Matt Belisle, Nick Masset, Trevor Gott and Erik Davis.
Here's the Nationals' lineup for this afternoon's matchup with the Marlins via MLB.com's Bill Ladson::
Game Time: 1:05 PM EDT. FOLLOW: This afternoon's game is available on the radio in the Miami area and via MLB.com's At Bat app, through the Marlins feed from 940 AM WINZ.