A couple more notes before the Nationals and Cubs get started at Nationals Park:
* Manager Davey Johnson said the decision to put Jayson Werth in the sixth spot in the lineup wasn’t a dramatic change, and said it had as much as anything to do with Michael Morse being back. With Morse and Laynce Nix in the lineup most days, it’s possible Werth will continue to hit sixth until he gets going. “Anything can help,” Johnson said. “He’s shown signs to me that he’s starting to feel a little better. I’m really not in panic mode.” Werth is batting .161 since June 1, with just two homers in that time.
* Cole Kimball will head to New York to see a shoulder specialist this week; he has been on the disabled list for almost a month with right shoulder inflammation, and was shut down from throwing two weeks ago when he wasn’t feeling any better during a throwing program. “I think he’s going to get further testing,” Johnson said, “maybe with some dye (in his shoulder) or something.”