Bryce Harper in the lineup; Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores out

Bryce Harper returns to the lineup and will play with a bruised left ankle. Ian Desmond won’t play, however, as his left oblique strain flared up again in Saturday’s second game. Sandy Leon will spell Jesus Flores, who is dealing with a sore back.

Harper’s injury held him out of Saturday’s second game but he is fine to play Sunday, Manager Davey Johnson said.

“You get it warm, you go,” he said. “He might be a little gimpy. You’re not going to hurt it worse.”


1. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

2. Bryce Harper, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, LF

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, SS

7. Roger Bernadina, CF

8. Sandy Leon, C

9. Ross Detwiler, SP

Bra ves

1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Martin Prado, LF

3. Jason Heyward, RF

4. Chipper Jones, 3B

5. Freddie Freeman, 1B

6. Brian McCann, C

7. Dan Uggla, 2B

8. Paul Janish, SS

9. Jair Jurrjens, SP

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.


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