Feb 19, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) chats with the pitchers including Doug Fister (58) (in blue) in spring training action at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Jordan Will Start Against The Mets on Friday

Feb 23, 2014; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan (38) poses for a picture during photo day at Space Coast Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Manager Matt Williams announced Tuesday afternoon that Taylor Jordan will be taking the mound in the Nationals’ first exhibition game of the spring this Friday against the Mets.

The game will not only kickoff the teams’ Grapefruit League schedule, but it will also likely signal the beginning of the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation. Jordan will be competing with the likes of Ross Detwiler, Tanner Roark and Ross Ohlendorf for the spot, with Detwiler being the presumed favorite.

While it won’t be an easy Spring for Jordan by any means, Williams seems to think highly of the 25-year-old right-hander who made his major league debut last season.

“I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen,” Williams told the Associated Press (via the Washington Post). “It’s electric stuff out of the hand. I can’t wait to see him in a game and get an opposition hitter in there and have some competition for him.”

Friday’s game is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the Mets will counter with right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero. It’s not exactly Opening Day, but it’s baseball. And after almost five months of waiting, anything that involves players, umpires and fans in a stadium is a blessing to any baseball fan. The game will air (delayed) on MLB Network, and will also be broadcast on WJFK 1580 AM.

Here’s the lineup for Friday’s game, as it stands right now:

Checkout our ‘Schedule’ page here for the Nationals’ complete Grapefruit League schedule.

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