News: Werth (shoulder) will be re-evaluated on Friday to determine whether he can ramp up his rehab, the Washington Post reports. "Once you hit eight weeks [post-surgery], you can start to evaluate. Can we start throwing? Can we start hitting?" Werth said on Tuesday. "Everybody is different. It's getting a lot better."
Impact: There's still time for Werth to get himself into game shape for Opening Day, but given his age and the Nationals' typical patience with recovering players, the safe bet is still to assume he'll begin the season with at least a short DL stint. The club should have a better idea of whether Werth will be ready for the opener by next week, however.
News: Scherzer will get the start for the Nationals' spring opener on Thursday, and is expected to throw two innings, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: This isn't necessarily an indication that Scherzer will also get the Opening Day assignment, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Nats hand their new $200 million man a spot at the top of their rotation.