Span out for Game 1, Kobernus gets first big league start

With his right foot still bothering him after he fouled a ball off it in the 10th inning of yesterday's loss to the Twins, Denard Span will not play in the first game of today's doubleheader.

Span will get his foot checked out by team medical personnel, and manager Davey Johnson told his center fielder that he'll need him for Game 2 of the doubleheader. Assuming Span is feeling OK later today, he'll try and play through the soreness in that foot.

In Game 1, however, it'll be Jeff Kobernus taking over Span's usual role. Kobernus will lead off and play center field.

This is the first major league start for the 24-year-old, who has played just nine career minor league games in center field. Kobernus is a natural second baseman, as is Steve Lombardozzi, who will play left field today.

So, to recap, the Nationals have three second basemen in the lineup for Game 1, and the one who is actually playing second - Anthony Rendon - has played 10 games at second base in his professional career.

In four games since getting called up two weeks ago, Kobernus is 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch.

For the Nats

CF Jeff Kobernus
LF Steve Lombardozzi
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Anthony Rendon
2B Kurt Suzuki
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

For the Twins

3B Eduardo Escobar
LF Clete Thomas
C Ryan Doumit
1B Justin Morneau
RF Chris Parmelee
CF Aaron Hicks
2B Brian Dozier
SS Pedro Florimon
LHP Scott Diamond

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