The Washington Nationals announced today that outfielders Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. Since those two will not be on the Opening Day game roster, Chad Tracy and Xavier Nady will be on the bench for Opening Day.
Michael Morse has been sidelined for much of spring due to a strained lat muscle. Rick Ankiel has also missed some time because of discomfort in his quads.
Chad Tracy has played well at the corners for the Nationals and Xavier Nady has played well in the outfield. Neither are expected to start, however.
According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington, four other players are expected to start the season on the DL. Pitchers Drew Storen (elbow inflammation), Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring strain), and Cole Kimball (shoulder surgery) are all expected to start on the DL. First baseman Chris Marrero (hamstring surgery) will also start on the DL. Kimball and Marrero will both be on the 60-day DL.