The Nationals will be without outfielder Corey Brown, a September call-up, tonight and perhaps for the foreseeable future. Brown stayed back in Washington after Nationals doctors examined his balky knee and worried he may have a staph infection. “That’s the worst-case scenario,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “But we’re hopeful it’ll get better and our doctors just want to keep an eye on him. I know it was something he’d been getting cleaned and treated every day but it was still bothering him.”
As for their lineup, Johnson went away from the Nationals’ typical double play combination. He rested second baseman Danny Espinosa because Espinosa typically falls into a slump for days after facing knuckleballing Mets starter R.A. Dickey. Johnson subbed Brian Bixler for Ian Desmond because, “I wanted to let Bixler know that I still think of him as a shortstop,” Johnson said. “I want him to still think like a middle infielder, not as a replacement in the outfield.”
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