The Nationals regained Ryan Mattheus today after he had been on the disabled list since May 20 with a broken hand, which he suffered punching a locker. They will be without Drew Storen, though. Davey Johnson said Storen is “in the infirmary” with the same flu symptoms that laid Adam LaRoche low during the all-star break. Johnson said he would be surprised if Storen is available for either game today.
Storen’s illness comes at a precarious time. The Nationals were able to add Ryan Mattheus as a 26th man for the doubleheader, but they will need to make a roster move following tonight’s game. Yesterday, Johnson did not rule out the possibility of Storen being the odd man out in the pitching staff.
In the opener, as Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia makes his 2013 debut, Johnson will stick with the same lineup as yesterday, including Steve Lombardozzi batting second and playing second base.
“I’m not changing a winning hand right now,” Johnson said. “And he might shoot me if I didn’t have him in there today, too.”
Johnson said he planned to play Anthony Rendon at second in the nightcap.
1. Bryce Harper, LF
2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Denard Span, CF
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP