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Today's Lineups

Dave asked me to pass these along... along with word that Nick Johnson was scratched from the lineup and headed to Florida to be with his five-month-old son Nick Jr., who fell off the bed and cracked his skull but is apparently okay... Johnson will practice tomorrow and play Monday.

Roberts - 2B
Jones - CF
Markakais - RF
Huff - 1B
Mora - 3B
Scott - DH
Zaun - C
Pie - LF
Izturis - SS

Simon - P

Milledge - CF
Guzman - SS
Zimmerman - 3B
Dunn - 1B
Willingham - LF
Kearns - RF
Belliard - 2B
Flores - C
Martis - P

By Tracee Hamilton  |  April 4, 2009; 3:19 PM ET
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This is the opening day lineup minus nick and the pitcher most likely. Also kearns might bat fifth th break up the leftys.

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | April 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Like father, like son.

Someone had to say it.

But maybe Mini-Nick can spend this season on the DL in place of his father.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes for the Johnson's little one - a hard fall is never a good thing.

Regarding Baseball, this may be Dunn's first true test at 1B; the "opening day" IF is in place - let's see if he can cover the position adequately.

Posted by: BinM | April 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

You need both Kearns and Dukes. I would start off with Kearns since he is starting off hot.

I agree that trading Willingham for pitching help makes sense.

Finally I don't know what Boz is thinking? Its like the guy doesn't watch baseball or he is confusing the Redskins with the Nationals.

Johnson represents solid left handed hitting. Something the Nationals really lack.

I'm not even sure Dunn is a natural left handed hitter since he throws right handed. Someone ought to help him experiment with becoming a switch hitter it might improve his batting average.

They keep Bard who is a switch hitter. They have Guzman a switch hitter. Willie Harris is another left handed hitter who throws right.

Perhaps, the only true left handed hitter in the lineup may be Nick Johnson.

They still need more left handed hitting as well as pitching help.

Posted by: periculum | April 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

nunof1 - Someone didn't have to say it as it is just plain sick.

A 5 month old cracks his skull is no laughing matter.

Lets hope that's reported correctly that Nick's baby is going to be fine.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

May need Dmitri Young and his switch hitting bat sooner rather than later.

Posted by: periculum | April 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Feel sorry for the little guy, hope it's nothing serious and the recovery time is short. Their skulls are very fragile up until 3 I think.

But I got a chuckle out of Nick Jr., like the channel.

Get well soon.

Posted by: AnonymousSources | April 4, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"A 5 month old cracks his skull is no laughing matter."

"Nick Jr., who fell off the bed and cracked his skull but is apparently okay"

Once it's been announced that the kid is okay, what's wrong with cracking a joke about it? Is it any different than joking about injuries to grown men, which is done all the time here?

Posted by: nunof1 | April 4, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Word is Nick Jr. is day to day.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | April 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

i agree with nunof1 if he's okay then it is a little funny.

Posted by: Baseball95der26 | April 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I also can't figure out why Boz wants to trade Johnson. His defense alone should help both pitchers and Zimm and his offense is better than average. If and its a huge if, he stays healthy he could easily be comeback player of the year.

Hope his kid is ok - can't be too sure of stuff like that, especially at 5 months. No jokes needed.

Posted by: sjm3091 | April 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

About 17 years ago when my son was 4 years old he fell of the back of my pickup which was parked in the driveway and cracked his skull wide open. He spent the next three days in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, CTA and MRI scans all negative. Believe me its no laughing matter! Today he is a 2nd Lt in the USMC, I always knew that fall scrambled his brains.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 4, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse


Just flat out no class on your part.

I will say a prayer for the little guy.

Posted by: Section505203 | April 4, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

My class is day-to-day.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 4, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

We've got no class
and we got no innocence
and we got no principles
We can't even think of word that rhymes.

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 4, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Nunof1 may think that's a funny line on the internet; what would result if he said that within earshot of Nick Sr. would be truely funny.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 4, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm with the not funny crowd. Taking shots at fellow posters or journalists is one thing, but a five-month old with a cracked skull? Please.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Nick's son.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 5, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

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