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Game 16 discussion thread: Nationals at Cardinals

Lannan has never pitched on three-days rest. The Nationals are not considering bringing up a starter to take Lannan’s turn – “carrying 12 pitchers, you’ve got to be able to get through it,” Riggleman said. The problem with not throwing Lannan would be an extra two days of rest for every other starter. Jordan Zimmermann would pitch tonight, and then not until next Wednesday because the Nationals have yet another scheduled day off Monday.

“We’ve already had to move guys back because of the last doubleheader” on Sunday, Riggleman said.

For today’s games, Riggleman shifted Laynce Nix into the starting lineup in Game 1, which allows Michael Morse to not play both games and lets him face a left-hander, Jaime Garcia, tonight in Game 2. Also, Alex Cora will take third base for Jerry Hairston in Game 2.

“Whenever you have a doubleheader, you kind of like to get everybody involved,” Riggleman said. “You hate to have two ballgames in a day and not have three or four guys not involved to some extent, just to kind of keep the team concept flowing and so forth.”

As for today’s game, talk about it right here.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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