Gio Gonzalez's cringe-worthy start this afternoon -- he allowed eight runs on 10 hits and four walks in only 3 23 innings against the Cardinals -- could have been attributed to any number of factors.
Michael Morse's chances of recovering from a lat injury in time for Opening Day appear to be dwindling after the Nationals left fielder recently underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment.
When Davey Johnson mentioned Tuesday evening he was thinking about trying out Steve Lombardozzi in the outfield, you figured that's not the kind of dramatic position change you'd see for a little while.
The Nats actually had options for an Opening Day starter, but even in their deep rotation, Stephen Strasburg unquestionably is the man.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson says it could be a month before Chien-Ming Wang is ready to return from a hamstring injury. In the meantime, John Lannan is assuming the final rotation spot.