Harper, Desmond out of Nats lineup

Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond have both been held out of tonight’s Nationals lineup against the Pirates.

Anthony Rendon will get the start at shortstop, and Steve Lombardozzi will be at second.

This is the first time Harper is out of the starting lineup since his return from the disabled list in June. He’s hitting just .190 with 15 strikeouts in his last 11 games.

Prior to tonight, Desmond had played in 99 of the 100 games the Nats had played this season.

This will be Rendon’s first major league start at shortstop.

For the Nationals:
LF Scott Hairston
SS Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
CF Denard Span
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Steven Strasburg

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