Rodriguez tosses scoreless inning in spring debut

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez pitched in his first Spring Training game Friday against the Cardinals. He was expected to pitch to one batter, but retired all three batters he faced in a scoreless sixth inning.

"He went right after them. He hasn't been out there in a while. It's good to have him back," manager Davey Johnson said.

Johnson said all Rodriguez has to do this spring is show he is healthy. Rodriguez missed last year's postseason because of a bone spur in his right elbow. He has dealt with right biceps tightness this spring.

"He has great stuff. He pitched last year with some discomfort," Johnson said. "Before he had the discomfort, he was lights-out. We are going to go in slow with him and make sure he is ready to go."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.