• Former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta has joined ESPN and ESPN Deportes as an MLB analyst.
"I'm excited to bring my insights and opinions to both English and Spanish-speaking audiences on ESPN and ESPN Deportes," Acta said in a press release. "I love talking about baseball, so being a Baseball Tonight analyst is a perfect job for me."
Acta, who managed the game based on the philosophy similar to the style of the Athletics' "Moneyball," was 158-252 in two-plus years with the Nationals, while going 214-266 in three years with the Indians.
In addition to his experience on the baseball field, Acta has previously served as a Spanish-language baseball analyst for Fox Sports.
• Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez pitched two-thirds of an inning for Nationals on Monday. According to Johnson, pitching coach Steve McCatty wanted to limit Rodriguez's pitch count. After having two days off, Rodriguez will pitch every other day. Rodriguez had missed most of Spring Training because of a tight right biceps.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com 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.