Didn’t see this coming: Nady to start at first base today

VIERA, Fla. - Davey Johnson said yesterday that today’s lineup against the Mets would contain a surprise.

It sure does. Xavier Nady will start at first base for the Nationals today.

General manager Mike Rizzo had said just days ago that Nady, who was signed to a minor league deal last Sunday, would not play in a major league game this spring. But there’s the 33-year-old’s name written into the seventh spot in today’s order.

Nady has been primarily a corner outfielder in his career, but with Adam LaRoche still working back from a left foot injury, Nady will get some work at first today.

Here’s the Nats’ lineup for today’s game against the Mets:

SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
LF Jason Michaels
1B Xavier Nady
CF Brett Carroll
P Jordan Zimmermann

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