Zimmerman scratched from lineup, Tracy to play third

PHILADELPHIA - Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been scratched from today’s Nationals lineup less than an hour before first pitch.

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The scratch was a “manager’s decision”, according to a Nationals spokesman, who said that Zimmerman will be available to pinch hit.

Chad Tracy will take Zimmerman’s place in the lineup straight up, meaning he’ll play third and hit third.

This is the second time this year a Nats player has scratched because of a “manager’s decision”. The first time, it turned out Jayson Werth had been suffering from a bad migrane.

Zimmerman has battled right shoulder inflammation this season, an injury which caused him to miss 13 games from late-April to early-May. The All-Star third baseman was activated off the disabled list on May 8 and has played in every game since then.

He’s hitting .248 with two home runs and 12 RBIs this season.

Here’s the new Nats lineup:

LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Chad Tracy
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Rick Ankiel
C Jesus Flores
P Jordan Zimmermann

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