With Nyjer Morgan at leadoff, early fireworks possible
Manager Jim Riggleman gave Ryan Zimmerman the day off to rest "various aches and pains," particularly a pain in his left side. Zimmerman did not take batting practice today, either, but he said he is feeling OK and could have played. He is available to play off the bench, Riggleman said, another sign his ailment is minor.
Zimmerman's day off also led to Nyjer Morgan batting leadoff. Riggleman wanted to drop Adam Kennedy, who had been batting leadoff, lower in the lineup in order to provide protection without either Zimmerman or Ivan Rodriguez playing.
The main consequence of Morgan hitting leadoff today: The Nationals will find out with the first pitch of the game if the Marlins and starting pitcher Chris Volstad intends to throw at Morgan in retribution for his collision at home plate last night with catcher Brett Hayes.
Morgan reported some minor soreness in the aftermath of the collision. The Marlins learned today that Hayes separated his shoulder and will miss two to four weeks, likely the rest of the season. There could be some retaliation early on.
"I don't know," Riggleman said. "I'm not expecting anything. I'm not going to be surprised, though."
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