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Worth noting

• MASN has hired Julie Alexandria to join the Nationals' broadcast team as a sideline reporter, according to Alexandria will fill the role vacated by Kristina Akra, who now works as a host for MLB Network. Alexandria will appear on air for MASN's game broadcasts and the "Nats Xtra" pregame and postgame shows. According to, Alexandria is expected to join the broadcast team at some point during the Nationals' next homestand.

• Johnson said he is perfectly comfortable with catcher Kurt Suzuki playing every day while Wilson Ramos is on the disabled list. Suzuki essentially became the Nationals' everyday backstop down the stretch last season, all the more reason for Johnson to trust the veteran catcher.

"I've always liked Kurt Suzuki. He's a very smart catcher. He's a very durable catcher. He works hard," Johnson said. "He loves to play. I love to see him play, too."

• According to multiple reports, Matt Skole, the Nationals' No. 11 prospect and their Minor League Position Player of the Year in 2012, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow. Skole is expected to miss most of the 2013 season.

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.
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