Game 69 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies (Lee placed on IL)

It’s going to be a special day at Nationals Park. If you’re coming to the game, get here early. If you’re not coming to the game, MASN will carry the entire Ryan Zimmerman jersey retirement ceremony, beginning at 3 p.m.

We’ll have plenty on that ceremony as the day plays out. As for the game … well, the Nationals are trying to snap a seven-game losing streak overall, an 11-game losing streak to the Phillies and a 12-game losing streak to National League East opponents. So, they could really use a curly W today.

They’ll have Josiah Gray on the mound for the first time in 10 days after his last start was scratched due to a long rain delay. He probably gives them their best chance for a long start all week, and they could certainly use one this afternoon, given the fact both Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Finnegan pitched both ends of Friday’s doubleheader, and Tanner Rainey warmed up in the opener and then pitched in the nightcap.

After facing a couple lefties on Friday, the Nationals will go up against veteran right-hander Aaron Nola, who enters with a league-leading 0.894 WHIP and 9.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. So the challenge is real for a Nats lineup that has been awfully inconsistent.

Update: The Nationals placed left-hander Evan Lee on the 15-day injured list with a flexor strain, one day after he departed a game following a string of eight straight balls (two of them wild pitches). Davey Martinez considered that diagnosis "about as good as it could've been" and said he should be back within a few weeks. Andres Machado, who had been optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, was immediately recalled to take Lee's spot in the bullpen.

Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees, wind 17 mph left field to right field

2B César Hernández
RF Juan Soto 
DH Nelson Cruz 
1B Josh Bell 
LF Yadiel Hernandez 
C Keibert Ruiz 
3B Maikel Franco 
SS Luis García 
CF Victor Robles

RHP Josiah Gray

LF Kyle Schwarber 
SS Didi Gregorius 
DH Nick Castellanos 
C J.T. Realmuto 
CF Odúbel Herrera 
1B Alec Bohm 
2B Bryson Stott 
RF Matt Vierling 
3B Yairo Muñoz 

RHP Aaron Nola

Nationals recall Andres Machado
A first-time honor fitting for Zimmerman

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