VIERA, Fla. - Good morning from Space Coast Stadium, where the Nationals are getting ready for their third game of the spring against the Florida Marlins. There are a few comings and goings with Nationals pitchers this morning, so here’s a quick update on a few of them:
* Henry Rodriguez is in camp, finally arriving after working through visa issues. He’ll still have to get a physical, and will likely do some work in bullpen sessions and simulated games before the Nationals put him in a game. But the team is excited to see him; a National League scout said yesterday that Rodriguez was sitting comfortably above 100 mph this winter.
* Chien-Ming Wang will get his first game action on Friday, throwing an inning or two in a simulated game. The Nationals want to keep him in a controlled environment for now, but he’ll continue to build arm strength and hopefully get to a major league game in the near future.
* Tom Gorzelanny will also pitch on Friday in a simulated game; Riggleman said the Nationals pushed the left-hander back a couple days this spring because of a sinus infection, so he’s a day or two behind the other pitchers. “Spring training’s such a long process,” Riggleman said. “The plan is he’s going two (innings), but if the pitch count gets to where we want to stop it, we can. It’s just a little more controlled situation for him and Wang both.”