In what amounts to a big step in Anthony Rendon's rehab from a left oblique strain, the Nationals infielder will head to Viera, Fla.
There was a time, not terribly long ago, when the sight of Stephen Strasburg taking the mound was a confidence boost for the Nationals, not to mention a daunting prospect for the opposition.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The less said about this game, the better. But the bosses require a bit more description than that, so here goes...
Tanner Roark will make his first start of the season Monday in Chicago without much time to build up his arm after seven weeks spent in the Nationals’ bullpen.