Ian Desmond, on the DL since July 23 with a torn oblique muscle, was cleared to take batting practice on Saturday, an important step in his rehab.
As they try and catch the Nationals in the division race, Atlanta will roll with six starters once Tommy Hanson returns.
Jayson Werth, who hasn't experienced a loss since rejoining the Nationals from the DL, will lead off tonight in Arizona. Join the conversation on Nats Insider at 8:10 p.m.!
The Nationals' 2012 first round pick will begin in the Gulf Coast League with a team affiliate.
Davey Johnson plans to sit Bryce Harper for tonight's game in Arizona, plus the latest on Stephen Strasburg's pending shutdown.