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Bill Ladson

Williams doesn't feel Nats need to make deal

Williams doesn't feel Nats need to make deal

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Nationals have had with their share of injuries this spring, from Anthony Rendon spraining his left MCL to Jayson Werth dealing with shoulder issues.

Let's not forget that center fielder Denard Span will miss the start of the season because of surgery to repair his rectus abdominis (abdominal) muscle.

Is it time for the Nats to make a trade before Opening Day? Manager Matt Williams believes the answer is no because he expects third baseman Rendon and second baseman Yunel Escobar to be ready for Opening Day.

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In fact, Escobar is set to play his first game of the spring on Monday against the Yankees. Williams doesn't know if Werth will be ready for Opening Day, but Williams is not counting him out. Werth could play in a Minor League game -- swinging the bat and hitting -- by Wednesday.

"With the exception of Denard, [the injuries] are nagging stuff," Williams said. " ... We have a couple of weeks left. I don't think we are in need of [a move]. I think the guys will be ready to go. If not on Opening Day, shortly thereafter."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.