Bryce Harper to debut Monday against the Mets

VIERA, Fla. - A few notes from manager Jim Riggleman’s morning media session about the Nationals’ first game of the spring Monday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie:

* Bryce Harper will travel to the Nationals’ first game Monday, Riggleman said. He won’t start, but will likely get an at-bat in the game against the Mets. “The more that he kind of goes up there and looks like the rest of them - if he didn’t have ‘Harper’ on his back, if he just kind of blended in and put the barrel on the ball a few times - I think we would say, ‘That’s a pretty good ballplayer there.’ And then, later on, you’d be able to say, ‘Oh, that was Harper.’ It’s a long process, and we’re not looking to rush the process,” Riggleman said.

* Michael Morse, Nyjer Morgan and Roger Bernadina are likely to start in the outfield, with Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond playing in the infield. Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman will make their spring debuts the next day at home against the Mets. The Nationals will use a DH for their first few games.

* After Chad Gaudin starts the first game, Craig Stammen will pitch, followed in some order by Brian Broderick, Todd Coffey, Doug Slaten and possibly Shairon Martis or Josh Wilkie.