Stephen Strasburg's rotation spot to be filled by John Lannan

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Miguel Batista made headlines for replacing Stephen Strasburg at the last minute earlier this week, but now that Strasburg has been put on the disabled list the Nationals are turning to John Lannan as his actual rotation replacement.
Back before the world’s greatest pitching prospect arrived on the scene Lannan was the Opening Day starter for Washington, but last month the Nationals demoted him all the way down to Double-A after he went 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 14 starts.
Lannan wasn’t much better in the minors, going 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA and .306 opponents’ batting average in seven outings, but Sunday he’ll face the same Phillies lineup he lost to on Opening Day and will probably stick in the rotation until Strasburg’s shoulder is deemed healthy enough for him to return.

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.