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