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After they were rained out last night, the Nationals will use the same lineup as they planned on. Kevin Frandsen will play second while Danny Espinosa sits on the bench. Manager Matt Williams said he wanted Espinosa out of the lineup as he works on a change to his hitting approach. The Nationals want him to stand further from the plate so pitchers cannot pound him with inside pitches so much.

Ryan Zimmerman was out early this afternoon, fielding his first grounders since being cleared to throw — and he took them at first base. Zimmerman fielded balls and threw them to second base, and after a while he practiced making scoops at the bag. So far, the Nationals have limited his throwing to a little longer than 90 feet. But Zimmerman looked good at first base, spinning to make smooth, accurate throws.

After several Nationals joined Zimmerman for an infield drill, Zimmerman took hacks in the cage against batting practice hurler Livan Herandez. Zimmerman hadn’t taken a full, on-field batting practice since breaking his thumb April 12. He cranked Hernandez’s fifth pitch into the red seats.

Also of note: Jayson Werth was out to take early batting practice, which he rarely does.  Hitting coach Rick Schu filmed his swing with iPad.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Jayson Werth, RF

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Kevin Frandsen, 2B

8. Nate McLouth, LF

9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP


1, Christian Yelich, LF

2. Derek Dietrich, 2B

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Casey McGehee, 3B

5. Garrett Jones, 1B

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

7. Marcell Ozuna, CF

8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

9. Henderson Alvarez, SP