Opening Day starters
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- C Matt Wieters
- 1B Ryan Zimmerman
- 2B Daniel Murphy/Howie Kendrick
- SS Trea Turner
- 3B Anthony Rendon
- LF Adam Eaton
- CF Michael A. Taylor
- RF Bryce Harper
The Nationals have been dealing with injuries this spring to many of their starters. Murphy has not done much this spring and probably won’t be ready for Opening Day, leaving Kendrick to start Opening Day at second base. Eaton had offseason surgery and Taylor has been dealing with tightness in his side. However, both are expected to be ready on Opening Day.
Top prospect Victor Robles could find his way onto the Opening Day roster if Eaton or Taylor can’t play.
This lineup still features some heavy hitters even with the injuries. Rendon was in the MVP conversation after racking up six wins above replacement with a .937 OPS. Harper played in 111 games after sustaining a knee injury stepping on first base awkwardly, but he posted numbers almost as good as his 2015 MVP season. Zimmerman had a career season at age 32 after declining for several years.