Worth noting

• Johnson addressed the state of his bullpen Tuesday, saying that the recent performances of Fernando Abad, Henry Rodriguez and Drew Storen are all steps in the right direction.

"Abad's done the job a couple times out, and Henry's gotten much more consistent, he's throwing the ball good and throwing it over," Johnson said. "My concern really has been Storen. But Storen pitching like he's capable of, if he does that, that solves a lot of my problems."

• Rizzo said Tuesday that right-hander Christian Garcia (right forearm) is on track in his rehabilitation process. Garcia has been on the disabled list since March 22.

• Nationals utility man Jeff Kobernus had his first Major League at-bat in Tuesday's 9-3 win over the Orioles. He pinch-hit for pitcher Zach Duke in the sixth inning and grounded out to third base.

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