VIERA, Fla. -- According to manager Davey Johnson, the Nationals are close to bringing back outfielder Jason Michaels, who was released by the team on Thursday. Michaels would most likely start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
Michaels -- who went 9-for-37 with a homer and seven RBIs this spring -- became expendable once Johnson decided that outfielder Xavier Nady would be given a chance to make the team as a bench player.
"I understood going in that nothing is a lock," Michaels said on Thursday. "I had to work my way on the team. I'll tell you: This is a great team, a lot of talent. I guess I wasn't the right fit. But I was very [grateful] for the opportunity to come here and compete."