Washington Nationals' Tuesday Night Lineup: Davey Johnson On Stephen Strasburg's Arm; Jayson Werth Sits


Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson talked to reporters this afternoon about Stephen Strasburg's forearm and Jayson Werth's ankle a night after Strasburg felt some discomfort in his right arm and Werth fouled a ball off his ankle in the first game of four for the Nats in Turner Field.

So... after manager Davey Johnson expressed some concerns about what he referred to as "tightness" in Washington Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg's right forearm following last night's start in Atlanta and after Strasburg himself dismissed those concerns and stated that it was nothing that would keep him from making his next scheduled start, D.C. GM Mike Rizzo talked to the Washington Post this morning to inform reporters Thomas Boswell and Adam Kilgore that the pitcher had seen doctors and received positive reports on his arm.

In Rizzo's words, as quoted by the WaPost reporters, Strasburg's arm was deemed, "structurally perfect,"; he won't miss a start; and has "no problem" with what was now being described as "irritation" in his forearm, as opposed to "tightness," which was, "... possibly related to overuse of a muscle-stimulation machine," that was used before the right-hander threw 93 pitches, 53 of them strikes over 6.0 IP against the Braves in which he gave up six hits, two runs, two earned runs and four walks, eight of them Ks.

Before tonight's game Davey Johnson reiterated what the Nats' General Manager said:

Davey Johnson also said he wouldn't commit either way about Strasburg's next start until after he throws tomorrow. The next outing would be Saturday in PNC Park.

The Nationals' skipper also talked about why Jayson Werth wasn't in the lineup. Werth fouled a ball of his ankle last night after he was already dealing with a hamstring issue. So Bryce Harper is in right field tonight with Tyler Moore getting a game in left field. Chad Tracy's at third base and batting seventh with Wilson Ramos back behind the plate a day after he was reinstated following a DL stint for his own hamstring injury.

Here's the lineup that will take on Tim Hudson and the Braves tonight in Turner Field:

Game time 7:10 pm EST. The Nationals try to beat the Braves for the first time this season and the first time in eight games going back to a three-game sweep in the final series of the season in Turner Field last September and a series-salvaging win in the third game of three in 2012's last series between the teams in D.C.

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