Zimmerman still missing from Nats lineup, but Espinosa returns (updated)

Ryan Zimmerman's sore left hamstring remains an issue, and the third baseman is again out of the lineup for today's 3:05 p.m. game against the Mets at Citi Field. The game will air nationally on FOX.

Zimmerman has not played since being removed from Wednesday's game against the Marlins in Miami, and Chad Tracy is again at third base in his place today.

The Nationals, however, get second baseman Danny Espinosa back for today's game. Espinosa missed four games after being struck in the right hand by a Paul Maholm pitch against the Braves on Sunday.

Here's today's Nationals lineup that will face Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner, who totes a 7.20 ERA into the game. That might bode well for the struggling Nats bats.

For the Nationals:

CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
3B Chad Tracy
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

For the Mets:

SS Justin Turner
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
C John Buck
1B Ike Davis
RF Marlin Byrd
LF Lucas Duda
CF Collin Cowgill
RHP Jeremy Hefner

Update: Zimmerman underwent an MRI on his injured hamstring this morning, and the Nationals are awaiting results. Manager Davey Johnson told reporters in New York that he doesn't think Zimmerman will have to go on the disabled list.

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