VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals continue to say that center field is up for grabs between Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Nyjer Morgan, but a baseball source said the race is now between Ankiel and Morgan. The Nationals continue to lean toward Ankiel, according to the source.
Although Ankiel was hitting .182 entering Tuesday's action, the Nationals love the way he plays defense and are willing to deal with his many strikeouts. They also love the fact that Ankiel can hit for power.
The Nationals also like that Morgan has been getting on base recently. He has seen his batting average climb to .234.
The final decision will be made by a lot of people, including general manager Mike Rizzo.
Rizzo said whatever decision the team makes regarding center field, it will be impossible keep all three outfielders on the 25-man roster.