Greg Dobbs. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the fourth straight day, Ryan Zimmerman is taking early fly balls in left. This is a thing. Zimmerman also threw a couple short tosses, which would seem to be a good sign for the state of his broken right thumb. Zimmerman was scheduled to get another check-up X-ray this afternoon, and the Nationals were optimistic those results would allow Zimmerman to start a strengthening program.

Meanwhile, Greg Dobbs will get his first start as a Nationals. Matt Williams is getting another lefty into a lineup that has been hurting against right-handed starters. Joey Votto, nursing a knee injury, is out of the Reds’ lineup.

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1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Wilson Ramos, C

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Greg Dobbs, 1B

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Nate McLouth, LF

9. Stephen Strasburg, SP


1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Skip Schumaker, RF

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Devin Mesoraco, C

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Bryan Pena, 1B

7. Chris Heisey, LF

8. Zack Cozart, SS

9. Mike Leake, SP