Jeff Kobernus is leading off and playing center. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Denard Span’s bruised right foot, on which he received X-rays after yesterday’s 4-3, 11-inning loss, will keep him out of the Nationals lineup for at least the first game of the Nationals’ doubleheader today against the Twins.

Span’s absence led to a unique lineup. Jeff Kobernus, a second baseman by trade, will lead off and play center field in the first start of his career. Kobernus, who has three career major league plate appearances, appeared in only nine games a center field in the minors.

Steve Lombardozzi will play left field and Anthony Rendon will play second, which means the Nationals’ lineup includes two second basemen, neither of whom are actually playing second base.

Chris Marrero is here as the Nationals’ 26th man for the doubleheader. It is believed the Nationals plan to keep him around beyond today’s game. We’ll have more on his arrival shortly.

The Nationals will try to bust out against Twins left-hander Scott Diamond, but it will not be easy. The Nationals are hitting .198/.265/.303 against lefties this year.


1. Jeff Kobernus, CF

2. Steve Lombardozzi,

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jayson Werth RF

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Anthony Rendon, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP