Today we see the real effect of the World Baseball Classic on Spring Training games. While the Washington Nationals had been rolling out their regular season rotation so far, today they go to sixth starter Chris Young who will make his first start in a real exhibition game (he previously pitched in a minor league game after getting a late start to Spring Training). With Ross Detwiler going to the Classic, Young takes his “turn” in the “rotation” as the Nationals get another look at something close to their Opening Day lineup. Same thing for the Miami Marlins (kidding, they aren’t that bad.)
It will be interesting to see what Young will be doing in this game. He is in the awkward position of kind of fighting for a rotation spot but kind of not. He won’t make the rotation unless someone gets injured but he is still trying to show teams what he can do, similar to what I wrote about Carlos Rivero. Young is a veteran and has had a history with arm injuries but he is a good person to have in the organization should he want to stay.
For Miami, they will be going with Alex Sanabia who also is not set to be in their Opening Day rotation. He is battling for a roster spot after spending last year in AAA. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2011. He is only 24 years old and was a 32nd round pick for the Marlins back in 2006.
After three straight days of the Nationals on MLB.tv, today’s game is not being broadcast. After yesterday’s game, maybe it’s a good thing we get a break from watching the team.