Strasburg will be the first Nationals pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days since John Lannan in 2009-10. In last year's season opener in Chicago, the Nats ace scattered one run and five hits over seven innings while striking out five and taking the no-decision before the Nationals went on to beat the Cubs, 2-1.
• Catcher Carlos Maldonado and left-hander Fernando Abad were reassigned to Minor League camp on Wednesday, and utility men Carlos Rivero and Micah Owings will join them Thursday, Johnson said. J.C. Romero was told that he'd be making the trip to Washington for Friday's exhibition, but nothing certain beyond that has been outlined.
• Ryan Zimmerman belted three home runs on Wednesday afternoon. He's never had a three-homer game in 990 career regular-season Major League contests.
Wilson Ramos also hit his first two homers of the spring, a solo shot in the third and a three-run homer in the fourth.
"After working hard with my knee, now I can concentrate a little more on my offense and my swing," Ramos said. "I've forgotten about my knee now, so I can work on my offense and my defense, too. For a long time I worked with my knee only and forgot a little bit about my offense and my swing. But now it's time to work all together, and it feels good at the plate now."
• Outfielder Jayson Werth was hit by a pitch on his left elbow in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Johnson said it was nothing to worry about. Werth said it hit him on his "not-so-funny bone."
• Johnson said right-hander Christian Garcia, recovering from a right wrist/forearm issue, is on track to throw on Monday. Johnson still hopes that Garcia will be stretched out to be a starter.
"I like his stuff," Johnson said. "The safe plan would be to go back to relieving. But a big, strong guy like him, with his arsenal, it would be kind of wasting him."
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