Closer Chad Cordero agrees his bullpen mates such as right-handers Saul Rivera and Jon Rauch need the time off. Rauch leads the Major Leagues in appearances, while, according to Cordero, Rivera gets up and throws in the bullpen almost every day.
"Guys like that are definitely going to need the rest," Cordero said. "They need the time off, just to get away from the game, let their bodies kind of heal, so they can come back strong on Friday."
Pitching rotation: According to St. Claire, Jason Bergmann will start the first game against the Marlins after the All-Star break. Bergmann will be followed by left-hander Matt Chico, right-hander Jason Simontacchi, left-hander Mike Bacsik and right-hander Tim Redding.
In order to stay sharp, Bergmann is expected to have a bullpen session at the Nationals' Spring Training complex in Viera, Fla., on Tuesday. Chico will have his bullpen session Thursday in Miami.
Going to San Francisco: Dmitri Young's All-Star uniform arrived Friday. He is most proud of the fact that his two sons, Owen, 10, Damon, 8, will wear similar uniforms during the festivities.
"It's cooler they have the [All-Star logo] on their uniforms. Four years [after Young was an All-Star in Detroit), they are going to be with me on the field," Young said.
Stats of the day: Entering Sunday's action, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .324 (35-for-108) from the seventh inning on.
Did you know: Catcher Brian Schneider has played 605 games for the Nationals/Expos and ranks second behind Gary Carter, who played in 1,291 games for the Expos.
Coming up: The Nationals take three days off because of the All-Star break and then fly to Miami to have a workout Thursday evening in Miami. On Friday, the Nationals start a three-game series against the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. Bergmann (1-5, 3.47 ERA) will get the start in Game 1.