Kurt Suzuki will start again behind the plate, marking the 15th time in a 16-game span that Suzuki has gotten the nod. He’s played every inning of those 15 games.
Ramos was sidelined the last 15 days with a left hamstring strain. Jhonatan Solano was optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Ramos on the 25-man roster.
Solano appeared in three games with the Nats in Ramos’ absence.
Chad Tracy will play third base today for the Nationals, with both Steve Lombardozzi and Anthony Rendon taking a seat.
Adam LaRoche remains in the lineup and will try and snap out of his 0-for-26 slump. LaRoche, who played parts of four seasons with the Braves, has fared pretty well at Turner Field, putting up a slash line of .279/.344/.489
Stephen Strasburg (1-4, 3.16 ERA) will get the ball for the Nats. He’ll be opposed by Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (1-0, 5.48 ERA).
The Nationals faced Teheran back on April 12, and while they got to the 22-year-old for four runs on six hits over six innings, all four of those runs and all six of those hits came in the first two frames.
Over Teheran’s final four innings of work, he allowed just two walks and struck out four.
His last time out, Teheran scattered eight hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a win against the Rockies. The young right-hander’s still pretty raw, but he’s got lots of ability
For what it’s worth, Bryce Harper crushed a two-run homer and walked in three plate appearances against Teheran in that April 12 outing.
Although, to be fair, it seems like Harper has tormented pretty much any right-handed pitcher he’s faced this season.
For the Nats
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
3B Chad Tracy
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Stephen Strasburg
For the Braves
RF Jordan Schafer
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Justin Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
3B Chris Johnson
2B Dan Uggla
CF B.J. Upton
C Gerald Laird
RHP Julio Teheran