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Likely Starter (Left to Right): Bryce Harper 99%, Denard Span 99%, Jayson Werth 99%
Long-Shot: Tyler Moore, Nate McLouth 1%
From left to right, Washington's outfielding duties will continue to be handled by Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth.
Year one of the Span era got off to a rocky start. It wasn't until the former Minnesota Twin ripped off a franchise-record 29-game hitting streak that he really hit his stride. 2013 also marked the second time in five years that Span led his league in triples, this time with 11 (American League leader with 10 in 2009).
Harper is back and healthy, free from a knee injury that hindered his late-season efforts and resulted in offseason surgery in 2013, as first reported by the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.
Coming off of a season in which the former first-round pick drove in 58 runs in just 118 games, Harper feels good about his prognosis moving forward—according to MASN's Dan Kolko.
"I feel good. I have no problem with it at all, no soreness," Harper said. "It doesn't hurt at all. I feel good swinging and running. I'm doing cuts and things like that. I feel fine. My mobility is good. I feel like my strength is there, too. I feel very good."
Werth led the Nationals with 82 runs batted in in 2013. The former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder also achieved a career-high .318 batting average and remains the only player on the roster to have won a World Series, providing valuable experience and veteran leadership.
Beyond the Nationals core outfielding starters, the Dec. 6, 2013 signing of Nate McLouth—as reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports—adds another quality bat and much-needed outfield depth.
With 3,575 plate appearances, McLouth has stepped to the dish more times than any outfielder on the roster besides Werth. Further, the nine-year veteran is versatile and capable of playing all three outfield spots.
While it won't be an easy adjustment for the former Baltimore Oriole to go from being an everyday player to one that comes off the bench, McLouth is embracing his new role and is excited to become an effective pinch hitter.
When you see those situations that may present themselves later in the game to where you'll be involved, you're ready. That's, I think, the hardest thing to do in baseball, to be a good pinch-hitter. The key is, you get one at-bat but you can't think of it like that. You can't put all your eggs in one basket and think I've only got one chance. Because then if you don't come through, you're crushed. You feel like you wasted the game. You really just have to treat it like any at-bat. Sometimes you're going to be successful, sometimes you're not.
McLouth batted .258 and hit 12 home runs in 2013. With his experience and ability, Washington may very well end up with four starting outfielders. Either way, if anyone needs a rest, they'll certainly get one.
Stats acquired via Baseball Reference.