Bryce Harper returns, Ryan Zimmerman rests: Nationals-Braves lineups

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The Nationals return to action only 13 hours after their five-hour, 29-minute, 15-inning marathon with the Braves ended. But players had already trickled into the clubhouse less than 10 hours after leaving Turner Field. Spirits were high despite the exhaustion.

Bryce Harper still had a nasty bruise on the back of his left arm, where he was hit by a Luis Avilan pitch on Friday night, but said he felt better. After being scratched because of the bruise on Saturday but being forced in the ninth inning, he was back in the lineup on Sunday and starting in left field. Guess who is starting for the Braves? Julio Teheran, the pitcher who first hit Harper with a pitch on Aug. 6 after Harper’s home run.

Jayson Werth, who left in the eighth inning with a stiff back, said his back remained “just a little stiff” on Sunday morning but he wanted to play. One of baseball’s hottest hitters — Werth is hitting .521 (25 for 48) in August — is starting in right field and hitting cleanup. Werth said Saturday was the first time he felt the discomfort in his back.

Wilson Ramos gets the day off after catching all 15 innings on Saturday. Ryan Zimmerman is also out of the lineup. It’s unclear why. It could be a day off, but the third baseman fouled a ball off his left shin in Saturday’s game and it looked painful. His lower leg was taped up as he walked through the clubhouse Sunday morning. Chad Tracy starts at third instead.

Three players who played all 15 innings on Saturday are back in the lineup the next day: Ian Desmond, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon.

Nationals

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Bryce Harper, LF

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Chad Tracy, 3B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Gio Gonzalez, SP

 

Braves

1. B.J. Upton, CF

2. Phil Gosselin, 2B

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B

4. Evan Gattis, LF

5. Chris Johnson, 3B

6. Gerald Laird, C

7. Joey Terdoslavich, RF

8. Paul Janish, SS

9. Julio Teheran, SP

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