Wilson Ramos will start the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, his 24th straight game behind the plate, the longest such streak in the majors this season. Because Monday’s game was postponed and given the Nationals’ last-gasp hopes for a playoff push, Manager Davey Johnson is considering starting Ramos in the second game, too.

“He probably wants to,” Johnson said. “The situation we’re in, no rest for the weary. We’ve got to put our best foot out there. We’ll see how he comes out of the first game.”

Johnson said he was more concerned with shortstop Ian Desmond, who has been dealing with a tender hamstring over the past few games and receiving treatment. After Sunday’s game, Desmond felt tightness in his leg muscle, Johnson said. Desmond has played in 146 of the Nationals’ 149 games this season, so Johnson may rest the shortstop in the day’s second game.

“You can never tell by the way he is running,” Johnson said. “He’s been on base a lot and he’s out there for nine. Hopefully he’ll be alright.”

Nationals
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
3. Jayson Werth, RF
4. Bryce Harper, LF
5. Ian Desmond, SS
6. Adam LaRoche, 1B
7. Wilson Ramos, C
8. Anthony Rendon, 2B
9. Dan Haren, SP

 

Braves
1. Elliot Johnson, 2B
2. Justin Upton, RF
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Evan Gattis, LF
5. Brian McCann, C
6. Chris Johnson, 3B
7. Andrelton Simmons, SS
8. B.J. Upton, CF
9. Mike Minor, SP