VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals made their final cut on Friday by reassigning infielder Carlos Baerga to minor league camp. The move means that infielder Tony Blanco and outfielder J.J. Davis have made the team's Opening Day roster. The final two roster spots were between those three players.
The switch-hitting Baerga, who was invited to camp last month, played in 19 games and went 8-for-35 (.229) with an RBI.
Baerga is not sure if he will report to Triple-A New Orleans. He said he has a clause in his contract that states that he could search around for a Major League job.
"I thought my spring went pretty good," Baerga said. "Spring Training is for working on things, and I know what I'm capable of doing. I've been doing it the last four years. I still believe I can hit. I feel I can help anybody."
Blanco was a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Reds this offseason and was a pleasant surprise for the Nationals. He hit .289 with six RBIs in 20 games. He had problems defensively, but plans to work even harder on that aspect of his game. Blanco, who has never played a game in the Major Leagues, is expected to be the backup third baseman and first baseman. He will occasionally play one of the corner positions in the outfield.
"[Interim general manager Jim Bowden] brought me over from the Red Sox to Cincinnati and now he brought me over here through Rule 5," Blanco said. "Now I have to do my job and let him feel good about the decision he made. I'm going to try and do the best job that I can."
Davis, who came from the Pirates in a trade last November, was the Nationals' best hitter this spring, hitting .394 with two home runs and six RBIs. He will be one of the right-handed hitters off the bench.
Davis said that making the team is the first step of good things to come.
"I'm happy, but I still have a long way to go. It will be a long journey for me," Davis said. "The goals are impossible to reach, but that's what I set for myself, so I could at least push for it."
Not ready yet: Manager Frank Robinson said the team isn't ready for Opening Day from an offensive standpoint. The Nationals have been in a hitting funk for the last 10 games.
According to Robinson, the position players are not getting good at-bats and working the count.
"The pitchers are ready, but I think the hitters need a few more days. This what I fret about," Robinson said. "I felt last year's team was ready to go, physically and mentally. We are not quite ready to approach the season. We could use a couple of more days. Maybe the last three games [including Friday's game] of the exhibition season may help us get it together."
Day in the life: Zach Day pitched his last game of the spring in a 3-2 win over the Devil Rays on Friday afternoon. He pitched six solid innings and gave up two runs on five hits.
Day did have some problems in the first two innings, but managed to get out of them with minimal damage.
"Zach struggled today with his control, but if you get Zach through the [second] inning, he settles down and does a great job," Robinson said. "I told [bench coach] Eddie Rodriguez, 'It doesn't matter if it's an exhibition game or a real game. He's the same way [as far as having problems in the first two innings].'"
Last season, Day had serious problems getting through the first two innings. For example, opposing batters hit .282 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs against Day in the first two innings. When he reached 30 pitches, opposing hitters had a .322 batting average with five home runs and 16 RBIs.
Good sign: Outfielder Ryan Church, who won the center field job recently, went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI on Friday against the Devil Rays. Both hits came against lefty pitchers.
"He had a nice day and he did it against left-handers out there. That showed me something," Robinson said. "He is going to have is problems with them, like most left-handed hitters do. If he shows me that he could battle and hit the left-handers that are not so tough, it would be easy for us."
Church was hitting .229 with five RBIs entering Friday's action.
Injury report: Outfielder Terrmel Sledge was examined by Dr. Bruce Thomas on Friday, and Sledge has a minor left calf strain. He is listed as day-to-day. Sledge said he felt the pain in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Marlins while chasing a fly ball.
Outfielder Jose Guillen was not in Friday's game against the Devil Rays because he has flu-like symptoms. He is listed as day-to-day.
Coming up: On Saturday, the Nationals travel to Tampa to play the Devil Rays for the second consecutive day. Nationals right-hander Esteban Loaiza will face Devil Rays right-hander Rob Bell.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.