The Nationals' most consistent hitter, the one who leads the team in home runs, RBIs and batting average (with a minimum 20 at-bats), has been scratched from tonight's lineup.
Just what this offense needed.
First baseman Adam LaRoche will not start tonight due to right oblique soreness, leaving an even bigger hole in the middle of the Nats' lineup.
Jayson Werth will move up to the No. 4 spot in the order, and Chad Tracy will now play first base and hit fifth.
LaRoche enters today hitting .311 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.
Here's the new Nationals lineup:
SS Ian Desmond
3B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Chad Tracy
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Rick Ankiel
C Wilson Ramos
P Ross Detwiler