Despite sitting out Sunday with an sore left thigh, Ian Desmond will start Tuesday for the Nationals at shortstop. With Sunday’s day off and no game Monday, Desmond had a chancefor continuous rest.
“I’m sure he feels a little bit better,” Manager Jim Riggleman said. “But it’s something he has been able to play through and continue to play through. If he can’t play through it, then we shut him down.”
Outfielder Roger Bernadina, who sat out Sunday for the second straight day, has been dealing with tightness in his left hamstring. Though he likely would not have started against St. Louis left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, Bernadina’s absence from Tuesday’s lineup is mainly precautionary, Riggleman said.
“He probably could start this ballgame but we’re going to give it one more day,” Riggleman said. “A left-hander is throwing anyway. We want to keep Jerry [Hairston] involved in the infield a nd the outfieled, and it’s opportunity to give [Bernadina] one more day and keep [Hairston] involved.”
Update: Bernadina entered the game in the second inning of Tuesday’s game when centerfielder Rick Ankiel left with a strained left intercostal muscle, essentially his rib muscles. He is day-to-day.