Livan Hernandez, who threw a simulated game yesterday, will get his first action of the spring on Sunday, manager Jim Riggleman said this morning.
The right-hander will follow Stephen Strasburg in the home game against the Cardinals.
All this, of course, is based on an assumption that the weather doesn't scuttle the Nationals' rotation plans.
There's currently heavy rain in Viera, where John Lannan is supposed to face the Astros at 1:05, and rain is also in the forecast for tomorrow, when the Nationals play host to the Yankees.
"We'll adjust on the fly. There's nothing we can do about it," Riggleman said. "These pitchers have got to get their throwing in somehow, whether you do a simulated situation in the cages, anything we can do to keep some guys on schedule. We kind of alluded to it earlier in camp. Somebody said, 'What about this guy pitching on this day,' and you count five days away and five days away and it looks like so-and-so might pitch Opening Day, and this guy might pitch the second day. You can't really plan it, because we get rain."