The Nationals are now down to 26 players, with the only decision remaining between Alex Cora and Alberto Gonzalez for the final infield spot. Assuming Cora makes it (he's the favorite there), the Nationals will go north with four non-roster invitees (Cora, Laynce Nix, Chad Gaudin and Matt Stairs) and a Rule 5 pick (Brian Broderick) on their opening day roster.â†µ
I guess I could write something about the insanity of playing Rick Ankiel in center field and sending Roger Bernadina back to Triple-A, but Bernadina will get his shot eventually. The real story here is 43-year-old Matt Stairs playing for his 13th team. When you look up "professional hitter" in The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, you should see a picture of Matt Stairs.