As expected, the Washington Nationals officially called 26-year-old catcher Jhonatan Solano up this afternoon while Jesus Flores recovers from a hamstring issues that left the Nats a backstop short yesterday in the first game of three with the Marlins in Miami. Solano's not in the lineup tonight, however, but Corey Brown is. The 26-year-old outfielder, who made the final out of Monday's game, will get a start in left field tonight. Steve Lombardozzi's starting at second, with Danny Espinosa on the bench as the Nationals get set to face right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Espinosa's .180/.267/.278 line in 152 PA's from the left side might have made this an easy decision for Nats' manager Davey Johnson. Both infielders are switch hitters, but the 23-year-old Lombardozzi has a .372/.430/.449 line from the left side in 87 plate appearances so far in 2012. Left-handed hitting Corey Brown hits everyone. At least he did a Triple-A, where the former Oakland A's prospect, acquired along with Henry Rodriguez in the deal that sent Josh Willingham out west, had a .268/.412/.537 line with a triple and three home runs in 41 at bats against lefties and a .306/.395/.597 line with nien doubles, three triples and nine home runs against right-handers. Brown will be making his first major league start tonight. Here's the Nats' lineup for game two of three with the Fish which features Edwin Jackson on the mound vs the virtually unbeatable Anibal Sanchez (via the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore):
Nats lineup, day off for Espinosa: Lombardozzi 4, Harper 9, Zim 5, LaRoche, Desmond, Ankiel 8, Brown 7, Maldonado 2, Jackson— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) May 29, 2012
• The debut of the C. Brown, Ank, B-Harp outfield begins at 7:10 pm EDT tonight from Marlins Park.