VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson said left-hander Matt Purke, the team's third-round pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft, will start against Georgetown University on Friday, while right-hander Stephen Strasburg will get the nod on March 4 against the Astros at Space Coast Stadium. Left-hander Ross Detwiler will follow Strasburg that same day.
Johnson also said that left-hander Gio Gonzalez will make his Nationals debut against the Braves in Orlando on March 6. Right-hander Yunesky Maya is expected to pitch in that game as well.
Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will follow right-hander Edwin Jackson in the Grapefruit League opener next Saturday against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., while right-hander Craig Stammen will follow left-hander John Lannan against the Mets on March 5.