Notes: Wilson survives roster cuts

Notes: Nats trim roster to 30; Wilson is in

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Nationals trimmed their roster to 30 on Sunday. They reassigned infielders D'Angelo Jimenez and Joe Thurston, left-hander Mike Bacsik and catcher Juan Brito to Minor League camp.

They also optioned right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan to Triple-A Columbus and outrighted pitchers Tim Redding, Billy Traber and Jermaine Van Buren to Columbus.

Eliminating Jimenez and Thurston means that infielder Josh Wilson has made the 25-man roster. After a slow start, Wilson clearly outperformed Jimenez and Thurston, hitting .366 with four RBIs. Jimenez was decent with the bat, but he made a team-leading five errors. With a .211 average in 13 games, Thurston didn't hit enough to make the big-league roster.

"Josh is on the 40-man roster and out of options. He played very well," manager Manny Acta said. "We didn't want to take any chances of [placing Wilson on waivers]. He is a valuable backup guy, and he earned it."

Not so good: Matt Chico had his worst outing of the spring, giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings against the Braves on Sunday afternoon. Chico said he relied too much on his fastball because his breaking pitches were not working.

"I told you he would have days like this," Acta said. "His command wasn't as sharp. He couldn't throw a breaking ball for a strike consistently."

However, Acta like the fact that after giving up a third-inning home run to Chipper Jones, Chico went after Brian McCann, getting him to pop up to Wilson.

He's all right: Catcher Brian Schneider played in his first game since March 17, going 0-for-2 before being pulled for a pinch-runner in the top of the third inning. Schneider had missed a week of action after tweaking his left hamstring. He is expected to take a day off on Monday and then play against the Mets the next day.

Coming up: The Nationals travel to Lakeland, Fla., to play the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday. Right-hander Jason Bergmann will face Detroit left-hander Mike Maroth. Bergmann, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, will be making his fifth appearance of the spring.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.