Nats face Padres again without Zimmerman

Nats face Padres again without Zimmerman
April 25, 2012, 7:32 pm
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The bad news: Ryan Zimmerman is again not in the Nationals' starting lineup. The good news: He is listed on Davey Johnson's bench, so at this moment the Face of the Franchise hasn't been placed on the disabled list. I would seriously doubt Zimmerman is available to play tonight, though, because at the very least the Nationals want him to rest his ailing right shoulder for another day or two.

There's still no official word on Zimmerman's MRI results, which were expected to be revealed earlier today. As soon as anything is announced, I'll pass it along.

In the meantime, Chad Tracy (whose pinch-hit, two-run single last night propelled the Nationals to a 3-1 win) gets the nod at third base and will bat in Zimmerman's familiar No. 3 hole. Otherwise, Johnson's lineup has a typical look. Jordan Zimmermann gets the start.

As you know, I'm not in San Diego, so there won't be live updates. But as I said, check back for any news on the Zimmerman front...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 6:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WNEW (1580 AM), XM 188
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 69 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (13-4)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Chad Tracy
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
CF Rick Ankiel
C Wilson Ramos
LF Roger Bernadina
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

PADRES (5-13)
LF Will Venable
SS Andy Parrino
3B Chase Headley
RF Jeremy Hermida
1B Yonder Alonso
CF Cameron Maybin
2B Orlando Hudson
C John Baker
RHP Joe Wieland

UMPIRES
HP Paul Emmel, 1B Scott Barry, 2B Gary Darling (cc), 3B Lance Barrett