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Rodriguez experiencing elbow soreness

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VIERA, Fla. -- Manager Davey Johnson announced that reliever Henry Rodriguez is experiencing right elbow soreness and would not play against the Braves on Sunday.

Johnson hopes Rodriguez can throw a bullpen session by Tuesday and then pitch in a game soon thereafter. Rodriguez had elbow problems dating back to last year, and had bone spurs removed from the elbow in August.

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When he arrived to Spring Training, Rodriguez had right forearm tightness and didn't play in a game until March 8.

If Rodriguez is not ready by Opening Day, it would not come as a surprise if J.C. Romero made the Opening Day roster. Romero was recently signed to a Minor League contract and invited to big league camp.

The Nationals are in need of a second left-hander in the bullpen, but general manager Mike Rizzo already said they are willing to go with a predominantly right-handed bullpen.

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.

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