Josh Willingham, who is out of the lineup for the second straight game, is resting a sore left knee, and manager Jim Riggleman said before the game he expects Willingham to return to the Nationals' lineup tomorrow.
"We talked last night after the game, and he's chomping at the bit to go," Riggleman said. "He wants to play today. But just being real conservative with it, I'm just going to give him one more day."
Willingham has been playing through knee pain all season, and aggravated it when he slid awkwardly on the Nationals' last homestand.
Willingham told MASN field reporter Debbi Taylor that an MRI earlier this season showed some degenerative processes around his meniscus, but doctors could not determine that Willingham has a torn meniscus.
Before the game, the outfielder also denied a report that he has a torn meniscus.
Riggleman said the Nationals are being cautious with Willingham's knee. But Willingham is planning to keep playing through pain as long as he can.