It’s another split-squad day for the Nationals, with both games on the road this afternoon. In Kissimmee, Tanner Roark takes the mound to face the Astros, with mostly backups (except for Ian Desmond) behind him in the field. Most notable about this game: It’s the first time the Nats are playing a game with instant replay technology. Look for Matt Williams to challenge at least one call at some point. Also notable: Jerome Williams is starting for Houston. You may (or may not) remember him as a member of the Nats’ Opening Day rotation in 2007 … who was released after going 0-5 with a 7.20 ERA in six ghastly starts.
Just up the road in Lake Buena Vista, Chris Young gets the start against the Braves, with most of the Nats lineup regulars on that trip. The lone exception: Ryan Zimmerman, who stayed back in Viera due to what Williams told reporters was “general soreness.” What exactly does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine.