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Lineups, one of which Kory Casto is in

Adam Kilgore here, providing a low-grade replacement for Chico while he recharges after the San Diego-Arizona trip (albeit using his "Posted By" signature because I have no password; please disregard that and direct any ire my way).

The Nationals start a three-game set with St. Louis tonight coming off their 2-4 road trip. You may have heard they have not scored a run in 18 innings. Note that old friend Kory Casto is in right field and batting seventh. He is replacing Ryan Zimmerman, who officially went on the disabled list today, retroactive to May 26.

Casto's numbers last year with Washington in 16 games: .130 AVG, .158 OBP, .167 SLG.

Casto's numbers this year at Class AAA Columbus over 22 games: .315 AVG, .390 OBP, .461 SLG, three homers, 13 strikeouts and 16 RBI. (He went 1 for 3 with a walk, a run and an RBI at Buffalo yesterday.)

Note also that mad scientist Tony LaRussa placed pitcher Kyle Lohse - batting .303 with two homers in 109 at bats - in the eight hole, ahead of shortstop Caesar Izturis. Perhaps Manny Acta should have considered a similar strategy with Odalis Perez: his .250 batting average is higher than four of the seven players in the Nats' starting lineup who have played a major league game this year. The numbers supporting Washington's current offensive ineptitude remain in endless supply.

Zimmerman is meeting with the media at 4:15 p.m., after Acta speaks. Stay tuned for Zimmerman's thoughts on his first career DL trip.

Cardinals:

Barton LF
Mather RF
Pujols 1B
Ludwick CF
Glaus 3B
Molina C
Miles 2B
Lohse P
Izturis SS

Nationals:

Lopez 2B
Guzman SS
Milledge CF
Young 1B
Boone 3B
Flores C
Casto RF
Langerhans LF
Perez P

By Chico Harlan  |  June 3, 2008; 3:32 PM ET
 
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