KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Entering Spring Training, Jayson Werth was the leading candidate to play center field. Manager Davey Jonson has decided that Werth will start in center field on Sunday against the Astros.
Werth played 19 games at the position last year and didn't commit an error. It is assumed that If Werth starts the season in center, it would likely mean that Bryce Harper has a good chance to make the 25-man roster.
"I think if you ask [Werth], he would say he could do whatever -- a full season there or in right," Johnson said. "Just from last year, he feels he has to feel 100 percent to get the jumps and get the balls [in center]. It's a little demanding than in right. He would probably need a little more rest if he was in center. He has not moved to center yet."
Here is the Nationals' lineup for Sunday against the Astros:
Ian Desmond, SS
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
Michael Morse, DH
Jayson Werth, CF
Mark DeRosa, 1B
Wilson Ramos, C
Jason Michaels, LF
Brett Carroll, RF
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will start the game, followed by Tom Gorzelanny, Ryan Mattheus, Brad Lidge, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.