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Zimmermann, Willingham, Lineups

The news with Jordan Zimmermann is a bit disconcerting, but for now, the team is insisting there's no concern. The rookie starter felt some elbow soreness during his bullpen session on Friday. But he's scheduled to pitch now on Saturday. Basically, he's skipping one turn in the rotation. Mark Viera, who spoke to Zimmermann today, will have a bit more later on tonight.

Also, Manny Acta said today that Josh Willingham (viral infection) should be back in the lineup tomorrow. And when he returns, he'll be (drumroll...) in rightfield. He, not Austin Kearns, will get most of the plate appearances. And Adam Dunn, who has been shuffled around, will now be playing strictly in left.

Tonight's lineups...

Cincinnati

Taveras - 8
Hairston - 5
Phillips - 4
Hernandez - 3
Gomes - 7
Bruce - 9
Gonzalez - 6
Hanigan - 2
Cueto - 1

Washington

Guzman - 6
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Dukes - 9
Harris - 8
Hernandez - 4
Bard - 2
Detwiler - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  June 9, 2009; 5:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

Manny, you should've been putting Willingham in RF since day 1. Or at least he should've gotten some reps during ST. Hopefully his transition to RF will be somewhat smooth, although...I doubt it will.

In the end, I'm glad we won't be seeing Kearns in the lineup anymore....or at least for awhile.

Posted by: FloresFan | June 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

It's nights like this that drove Svrluga to the dark side.

Thanks for all the updates, Chico. With the draft, the game, the Zimmermann injury, and the Kearns demotion, you already have more than enough on your plate for today.

I hope for your sake the draft holds no surprises and the game is settled in eight and a half quick innings.

Posted by: JohninMpls | June 9, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Chico, your title led me to believe there was injury news about our third baseman as well as the young pitcher!

No more heart attacks please.

Posted by: faNATic | June 9, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Manny will have Kearns back in the lineup after Willingham has two sraight 0-4 games and Kearns hits a meaningless pinch hit HR with nobody on and the Nats down 6 runs in the ninth.

The way Kearns practically falls over after every swing is a thing of beauty. Thank god for our amazing talent evaluators.

Posted by: Juni | June 9, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Trying to think of more fun/heart attack headlines for this evening as the skies darken over Washington, DC (literally).

How about: "Germany Fuels National Angst, Claims Strasburg."

Posted by: faNATic | June 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Just curious, 506 - does your RHCFF know about your penchant for VORP/W?"

Oh, she knows. It took me awhile to come to grips with the fact that I'm clearly living in a hidden camera reality show where they hire an actress to play the perfect person to date some goofy lout before the big punk'd reveal, but clearly the show hasn't been canceled, so I'm taking advantage of whatever error in judgment the producers have made!

Posted by: Section506 | June 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

(continued from previous thread)

My wife can calculate my VORH to three decimal places in her head.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | June 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, who's worse in right field? Dunn or Willingham? At this point, why not play Dunn just because he's at least had experience doing it?

Posted by: Section506 | June 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

SilverSpring, that third decimal place could be your saving grace, go with it!

Posted by: Section506 | June 9, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Kearns will still find a way to account for at least 2 of the 27 outs in this game. Watch.

Posted by: RickFelt | June 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

RickFelt, I find your cynicism underwhelming. Bet on the Kearns GITP.

Posted by: Section506 | June 9, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, there are a couple raindrops falling outside right now. Over-under on the length of the delay?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 9, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Totally off topic, but I wanted to post this regarding different manager's reactions over their players poor fundamentals.

Manny: "Our guys are young, the grass is cut funny, etc., etc."

LaRussa (regarding nobody covering 2nd on a steal attempt): "That was a 'boo' thing," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who speculated that the Busch Stadium fans surely must have been wondering what the club was doing in spring training for seven weeks.

I certainly wonder that about the Nats far too often . . .

Posted by: slewis1 | June 9, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Juni, a meaningless pinch homer would be more than Kearns has been capable of lately

Posted by: nats24 | June 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

NPR is currently airing a piece on Sports Illustrated cover boy, 16-year old Bryce Harper, who might qualify for the baseball draft next year...where he would almost surely be the #1 pick. A hitting prodigy on the level that Strasburg is as as a pitcher. And advised by Scott Boras.

Posted by: fischy | June 9, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Baseball's "Chosen One" -- SI's cover piece:

http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1156215/index.htm

Posted by: fischy | June 9, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid right now Kearns couldn't beat a one-legged man at a butt kicking contest. His stock is so low he's not even trade bait for a couple of ball boys. Watching him go after those breaking balls low and away... it's really painful.

Have we started the Stras-O-Meter yet? My bet is $28 mil cut on 8/15.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What I'm saying is...the Lerners and Boras are going to be spending a lot of time together...and the Nats have the chance to lay the foundations for a legendary team.

Posted by: fischy | June 9, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why Strasburg should not be picked nor should he be given more than 10 million if he is picked. He has already thrown the equivalant of a minor league season this spring. Boras will insist that he be called up in September and make a negotiated number of appearances. Then he will injure his arm and I will say "I told you so".

On another note this game will not start until at least 8 or 8:30. The storm is just now approaching southwest.

Posted by: MKadyman | June 9, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I think I just wet myself laughing!!!!

**************************

My wife can calculate my VORH to three decimal places in her head.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | June 9, 2009 5:23 PM

Posted by: NatsNut | June 9, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Can someone take Scotty out to the woodshed? Really one guy shouldn't have this much influence on the game...

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 9, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

mkadyman - is there a place where you can find adjusted start times for games delayed by rain?

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | June 9, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse


Strasburg hasn't even been drafted yet and he is yesterday's news. Such is life in Borasworld.
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NPR is currently airing a piece on Sports Illustrated cover boy, 16-year old Bryce Harper, who might qualify for the baseball draft next year...where he would almost surely be the #1 pick. A hitting prodigy on the level that Strasburg is as as a pitcher. And advised by Scott Boras.

Posted by: lowcountry | June 9, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"NPR is currently airing a piece on Sports Illustrated cover boy, 16-year old Bryce Harper, who might qualify for the baseball draft next year...where he would almost surely be the #1 pick. A hitting prodigy on the level that Strasburg is as as a pitcher. And advised by Scott Boras."

Sweet, our first round pick next year!

Posted by: Section506 | June 9, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

And it's official now!

Posted by: BGinVA | June 9, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: BGinVA | June 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The Nats standing will help them in negotiations. If they don't sign Strasburg by Aug. 15th, they'll be in a position to draft Harper AND Strasburg next year. So, Boras has to know that he will be dealing with the Nationals one way or the other. I think they'll get a deal done.

Posted by: fischy | June 9, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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