Werth, LaRoche both in Nats lineup (plus minor league honors)

Both Jayson Werth (hamstring cramp) and Adam LaRoche (sore back) are in the Nationals' lineup for this afternoon's game against the Cubs.

Werth was pulled in the ninth inning of Saturday's game after feeling his hamstring cramp up, and he was a late scratch from the lineup yesterday. LaRoche has been battling a sore back the last three or four days and was held out of the lineup yesterday, although he did pinch-hit in the sixth inning.

The Nationals will face Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija, who is 8-12 with a 4.03 ERA this season. Samardzija handed the Nats their first loss of the season on April 8 at Wrigley Field.

Ross Detwiler (8-6, 3.32 ERA) gets the ball for the Nats.

For the Nationals:

RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
P Ross Detwiler

For the Cubs:

CF Joe Mather
2B Darwin Barney
1B Anthony Rizzo
LF Alfonso Soriano
SS Starlin Castro
C Wellington Castillo
3B Josh Vitters
RF Dave Sappelt
P Jeff Samardzija

On a separate note, the Nationals have announce that Matthew Skole and Nathan Karns have been named their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Skole hit .292 with 27 home runs, 104 RBIs and 83 runs in 118 games between low Single-A Hagerstown and high Single-A Potomac. His 27 homers led the South Atlantic League.

Karns went 11-4 this season, posting an organizational-best 2.17 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 24 games (18 starts) between Hagerstown and Potomac.

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