Doug Fister will start Thursday against minor leaguers, not big leaguers, as the Nationals try to get the right-hander ready to open the season on-time.
The Nationals released veteran catcher Chris Snyder, a move that leaves them with 33 players remaining on their spring-training roster.
Steve Lombardozzi was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
Taylor Jordan impressed in his final start of the spring. Now the Nationals must decide whether he or Tanner Roark will be their No. 5 starter.