Worth noting

•  Rafael Soriano didn't pitch in Friday's game against the Tigers because of root canal surgery, but he will pitch in a Minor League game on Saturday. He also will pitch in consecutive Major League games on Wednesday and Thursday against the Braves and Mets, respectively.

• Rizzo acknowledged the Nationals scouted players who played in the World Baseball Classic. They looked at players from Cuba, Japan and Korea.

"It was kind of an easy way to scout the world at the [Classic]," Rizzo said. "That's one of the good things about the [Classic]. We get to see teams that we don't usually get to see. Now we scout the Pacific Rim every year anyway, but this gave us an additional look at Cuba and the rest of those teams. We didn't change our scouting patterns. We didn't lock in on one person or one position. It wasn't like we were scouring every reliever. We just scouted the normal way we scouted."

• The Nationals optioned right-hander Cole Kimball to Syracuse and reassigned right-hander Jeremy Accardo to Minor League camp.

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.