JUPITER, Fla. - Good morning from Roger Dean Stadium. I’ve got a batch of quick-hit news updates for you:
* Jayson Werth, who was supposed to be on the trip today, stayed back because of some “general soreness,” Riggleman said. The outfielder has some tightness in his legs, and Riggleman didn’t want to subject him to the 90-minute bus ride, though like Ryan Zimmerman, he would be playing in the regular season. Riggleman said Werth would likely play in one of the split squad games on Thursday.
* Riggleman said again the Nationals will make some cuts this weekend, though he wasn’t sure if Bryce Harper would be sent to minor league camp in that group or not. “No names have been mentioned,” Riggleman said. “(Mike Rizzo) just said we’d probably cut the club down this weekend.”
* Chien-Ming Wang played long toss from 150 feet yesterday and felt fine, but the Nationals still don’t have him penciled in for a spring appearance.
* Tom Gorzelanny will throw two innings tomorrow night against the Astros, after throwing 26 pitches in an intrasquad game last week. “I’m not looking for him to get in there and blow people away and be extremely sharp or anything,” Riggleman said. “I just want to see him healthy and throwing.”
* Henry Rodriguez and Elvin Ramirez aren’t on the Nationals’ pitching schedules yet, but Riggleman is more concerned with seeing Ramirez - the reliever the Nationals took in last December’s Rule 5 draft - than Rodriguez, who has pitched in the majors before. He has a live arm and is capable of throwing in the high 90s, but the Nationals would probably need to get a long look at him to set aside a spot in the majors for him, which they’d have to do since he was a Rule 5 pick.