Desmond gets a rare day off

Ian Desmond will not be in today’s starting lineup for the series finale agains the Phillies. Manager Matt Williams has been saying for the last several weeks that he wanted to give the Nationals shortstop a day off.

Desmond has started all 57 of the Nats’ games this season.

Danny Espinosa will slide over to shortstop while Anthony Rendon will get the start at second base. Kevin Frandsen will enter the lineup playing third base.

Catcher Wilson Ramos will also get the day off and Jose Lobaton will get the start behind the plate.

For the Phillies:
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF John Mayberry Jr.
LF Domonic Brown
C Wil Nieves
3B Reid Brignac
RHP Kyle Kendrick

For the Nats:
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
3B Kevin Frandsen
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister

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