Thursday night, before he hit his first home run since returning from the DL, Jayson Werth told Washington Nationals' manager Jayson Werth that he was starting to get his legs under him after a long stint on the sidelines recovering from the broken wrist he suffered in early May. "Early in the ballgame," Johnson told reporters, "He said, 'I'm starting to feel my legs under me, I'm going to start running is that alright?' I said, 'Yeah.' [Let's] not go crazy though. So he's really feeling good." Late in Saturday's game, however, the 33-year-old outfielder was lifted with cramping in his hamstring. "He came out of the game," Davey Johnson said, "He was cramping real bad. He didn't pull nothing, so he should be okay." There was apparently (according to Tweeted reports/speculation from Nats Park) a little delay with announcing the lineup for this afternoon's game with the Cardinals while the Nationals waited to see if Werth was good to go, but apparently he is, because he's leading off again this afternoon in the finale of the four-game series in St. Louis:
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#Nationals lineup vs. STL - Werth 9, Harper 8, Zimmerman 5, Morse 7, Tracy 3, Desmond 6, Espinosa 4, Suzuki 2, Strasburg 1
Chad Tracy's making just his sixth start of the year at first base in place of Adam LaRoche, which is the only notable change in the Nationals' lineup. Stephen Strasburg will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing in Miami in start no. 26 of 2012. The right-hander gave up nine hits and seven runs in just 5.0 IP in Marlins Park. The 24-year-old Nats' ace has a 3.29 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 15 walks (1.98 BB/9) and 77 Ks (10.14 K/9) in 68.1 IP at home this season in the nation's capital. He'll be taking on the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time in his career this afternoon as the Nats look to win the four-game set. Right-hander Jake Westbrook is on the mound for St. Louis. The last time he faced the Nationals, on April 20, 2011 in Nats Park, he was out after 3.0 IP, having allowed seven hits and seven earned runs in what ended up an 8-6 loss to Washington.
• Game Time: 1:35 pm EDT. Strasburg on the mound in D.C.