WASHINGTON -- According to a baseball source, the Nationals have already decided who they are going call up when rosters expand in September.
Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi and pitchers Brad Peacock and Tom Milone will get the promotion. The Nationals have to put them on the 40-man roster, and they haven't decided who they will take off.
Lombardozzi, who is expected to be the leadoff hitter of the future, is hitting a combined .312 with eight home runs, 50 RBIs and 80 runs scored for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this season. The Nationals are planning to use Lombardozzi at second base, shortstop and third base.
Peacock is expected to be in the rotation behind right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann in the future. He is a combined 13-3 with a 2.44 ERA for Harrisburg and Syracuse.
Milone has a 3.43 ERA and has allowed a mere 13 walks in 136 1/3 innings.
The Nationals also plan to call up players already on the 40-man roster. However, the source declined to name who will get a chance to play in the Major Leagues.