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As expected, Ryan Zimmerman out of lineup again

UPDATED | 1: 30 p.m. As expected, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has a sore right hamstring, was not in the starting line up on Wednesday for the Washington Nationals third of three games against the Chicago Cubs, marking the seventh consecutive game he has not started.

On Tuesday, Manager Jim Riggleman said the Nationals would wait to put Zimmerman in the lineup once the club arrives in the warmer weather in the upcoming series at Florida against the Marlins. Zimmerman said it has been hard getting loose in chilly, windy Chicago.

Adam Kennedy will start in Zimmerman's place at third base on Wednesday.

Also, right fielder Roger Bernadina, recalled from Class AAA Syracuse on Tuesday night in order to add more bodies to the thinning bench, will make the start and is batting in the No. 6 hole behind left fielder Josh Willingham.

Bernadina, who on Tuesday was named the International League batter of the week, is hot lately. He is batting .377 with two homers, eight RBI and seven stolen bases in 14 games at Syracuse.


1. Nyjer Morgan, CF
2. Adam Kennedy, 3B
3. Cristian Guzman, 2B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Roger Bernadina, RF
7. Ian Desmond, SS
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Luis Atilano, P

1. Ryan Theriot, SS
2. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Tyler Colvin, LF
6. Marlon Byrd, CF
7. Mike Fontenot, 2B
8. Koyie Hill, C
9. Ryan Dempster, P

By Mark Viera  |  April 28, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Ryan Zimmerman  
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Glad to see they are giving Bernie a start. I think the Nats are missing the boat by not letting this kid show what he can do at the major league level. Very good potential.

Posted by: kfisher32 | April 28, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

come on Nats lets go for 2 in a row. Start a little run!

Posted by: alex35332 | April 28, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Mark/Adam - I'm sure Jim Riggleman knows much more about baseball than I. So please ask him to explain why after a very successful #1 and #2 hitter combination last night, he chooses to switch-up the lineup at the front end today? Seems that some stability would be good.

Posted by: Bill-CH | April 28, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

They need to keep Desi at the 2 hole. T. Plush and Desi make a great 1,2 combo.

Posted by: hansenjo | April 28, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Would rather see Aglo than kennedy.

Posted by: aspenbubba | April 28, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

According to the Dibble, they are doing this line up mix becuase Guzman will sulk if he is at the bottom of the line-up.

Oh and by the way Hazel Mae looks delicious

Posted by: TippyCanoe | April 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Two solid starts by Atilano in a row would be the best story of the day, even better than Bernadina making the start. Let's hope Lius can pull it off.


Posted by: kevincostello | April 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse


It could be that Desmond crushes lefties (like Gorzelanny last night), but hasn't been as consistent against right-handed pitchers, such as Dempster, who the Nats face tonight.

Desmond vs. LHP: (.367/.424/.633)
Desmond vs. RHP: (.156/.229/.219)

Adam Kennedy's career numbers are a little better:

vs. RHP: (.284/.336/.407)

Posted by: SpashCity | April 28, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

very excited to see bernadina in there, lets hope he sticks

Posted by: bford1kb | April 28, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Bernadina got a chance last year, and looked overmatched. Here's hoping that his return stint to AAA has straightened him out!

Posted by: ADCWonk | April 28, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

As expected, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has a sore right hamstring, was not in the starting line up on Wednesday for the Washington Nationals third of three games against the Chicago Cubs, marking the seventh consecutive game he has not started.


So I guess its not a cramp? The BS that is thrown around is amazing. Somehow this team is doing just fine without him.

Platoon at 3rd and 2nd and RF!

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 28, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

It'd be sweet if Atilano pulls off another great start, 7 or 8 innings!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | April 28, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

There' a whole different feel to this squad now, Bernadina will do well it's a team wide karma happening with the Nat's watch and take notice.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 28, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

They're not "doing fine" without Zimmerman.

They've been struggling to score runs over the last week, and are where they are, amazingly enough, because of some really good pitching.

Plus, as well as the replacements have played, Zim adds a lot on defense, too.

They need Zim and Pudge back in the lineup to get some pop back, and they need either Maxwell or Bernadina to prove that at least one of them can hit respectably enough to stick. I'm hoping each of them gets enough chances to show what they can do. Adios Taveras.

Posted by: Meridian1 | April 28, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't get why Gonzalez isn't getting another start at 3rd, but whatever.

Posted by: amorris525 | April 28, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

So clueless to demote English who has been really solid since Spring, especially against lefties.

I'm all for Bernadina and Maxwell being with the big club but not at the expense of the bullpen.

As everyone has said, what is the purpose of having Tavares on the roster? He provides two things: Speed and defense. With Maxwell and Bernadina (and Harris) we already have a ton of that up here. He seems like a fine guy, but he should be cut ASAP. We don't have the luxury of keeping a guy on the roster just to pinch run. Sorry.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 28, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It makes sense to sit Zim again, as even April day games at Wrigley can be a recipe for hammy trouble.

The forecast for S. Florida looks good, so if they sit him there, we'll know something is up.

Posted by: KenNat | April 28, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Nats aren't 21-0, after all, according to the Nationals Journal, there's only one team on the field every game.

Would it be asking for too much to post BOTH lineups?

Posted by: KenzAFan | April 28, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina and not Maxwell should "be up". How many times did Maxwell win the IL offensive player of the month?

At least Riggleman is giving Bernadina a start and not letting him "rust" on the bench as he did earlier to ensure his "mancrush" Maxwell would be brought up. Hopefully, Rizzo made it clear to Riggleman that he wanted him used and not ignored.

Posted by: periculum | April 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@ Meridian1

Before you make too many claims, check your numbers...

In the 10 games that Zimmerman has started, the Nats are 5-5, with 47 runs scored and 62 allowed. In the 11 games he's been out, the Nats are 6-5 with 43 runs scored and 43 allowed.

Dropping from 4.7 runs per game to 3.91 may seem like a lot, but when you consider that with the "platoon goons" they've allowed 3.91 runs per game compared to 6.2 with Zimmerman in the lineup.

If they continue to keep the runs against below 4 like they have, it wont be too long before some fans start thinking the Nationals might be better off without Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup.

I'm not saying that the Nats are a better team without RZ, just that they aren't as bad as you make them out to be. IMO, the Nats biggest weakness is any game Guzman plays 2B and/or bats third. Heck, the way he swings at ball fours, he's weakness in any game he plays in.

Posted by: KenzAFan | April 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Good point, KenzA. What are the comparable numbers for Guzman?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 28, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse


I think there were a couple of things working against Bernadina earlier this season - 1) The Nationals have faced a suprising # of LH starters early in the season, and 2) Harris wasn't hurt.

Posted by: BinM | April 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree with a bunch of these posts. Here are a few signs to look for that would indicate the Nationals continue to make progress:

1)Ian Desmond plays SS and bats 2nd almost every day.
2)Christian Guzman is a pinch hitter
3)Stephen Strasburg is in the rotation
4)Drew Storen is pitching the 8th inning.
5)Berandina or Maxwell starts 80% of the games in right field.
6)Wily Taveras is cut
7)The Nationals trade a starting pitcher to fill another need.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | April 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, KenzA. The Runs-Allowed numbers are going to be thrown off by Marquis' 3 terrible starts. Zimmerman happens to have played in 2 of these 3 games.

Good pitching is keeping the Nats in ballgames, even though they haven't scored much lately. (In the last 9 games, they've scored 6 runs only once.) The extra-innings losses really showed how the Nats need Zimmerman's bat in the lineup.

Posted by: hungrypug | April 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I see Tavaras getting his walking papers when Morse is healed.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | April 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

off-topic, but am I remembering correctly that Derrek Lee was the hitter on three shouldabeen-webgems--AG's leap at third, Desmond's fish-out-of-water toss, and Hammer's running grab?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

go to if you want their lineup, this is a Nationals blog, the natsinsider.blogspot guy usually puts both up but he hasn't yet, maybe the lineup hasnt been released yet?

Posted by: destewar | April 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Side note:

MLBTradeRumors has a note from SI's Jon Heyman in which Heyman says Strasburg has a clause in his contract which allows 100 innings at the Major League level this year.

I wonder if Adam could find out any more on this topic?

Posted by: SpashCity | April 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

4)Drew Storen is pitching the 8th inning.

If Clippard continues to be as effective as he has been, why would Riggleman/McCatty be anxious to make this change?

Posted by: zimbar | April 28, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

According to the MLB site:
"Ryan Dempster has a 7-0 record with two saves and a 3.16 ERA in his career against the Nationals."

So, we're due.

Go Nats!!!

Posted by: HotNats | April 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

When Storen comes up he should be the 7th inning guy and pitch the 8th only when Clippard needs a day off.

Posted by: slopitchtom | April 28, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse


I totally agree, but I guess my point is that if we are in such a strong position that we don't even need Clippard to pitch the 8th...we've really made progress.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | April 28, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Peri - I agree about the "mancrush" on Maxwell but i think it is Rizzo's "mancrush".

The only saving grace for Maxwell is his OBP. You can't bat him against RHP as they will eat him up and to be batting below .199 against mostly lefties is a joke.

Taveres and Maxwell both need to get better in AAA. I am somewhat concerned about Willie Harris as he has been slumping too and wondering if it is just nagging injuries or declining production.

Morse should take back his spot for sure.

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 28, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah, good to be back "watching" a day game at work. Good thing my boss is a STH.

Let's go Nats!

Posted by: summerandwinter | April 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I am blacked out on my computer. Is the only way to watch on the TV?

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Nats and Cubs tied at 1-1 after 1st.


I just using gameday on my computer. Sorry you are blacked out.

You could try 1500AM with Charlie and Dave!

Posted by: summerandwinter | April 28, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Bernadina scores on a single by Nieves.

Middle of the 2nd:

Nats 2 Cub 1

Posted by: summerandwinter | April 28, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Isn't GameDay just the simulated balls and strikes?

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 28, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Pretty much. Which is why I am "watching" the game.

Better than nothing as I can't get any radio reception in my office. I guess I could take a 3 hour coffee break and sit in my car, but I'd like to keep my job.

After 2: Nats 2 Cubs 2

Posted by: summerandwinter | April 28, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Top of the 4th. No outs. No one on.

Adam Dunn homers.

Nats 3 Cubs 2

Posted by: summerandwinter | April 28, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Bruney walks the tightrope and escapes", says Dave on the radio.

Bruney was one "ball" away from a walk and loading the bases with no outs and instead gets a double play!

Yah, he walked the tightrope!

Posted by: dmacman88 | April 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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