Washington Nationals' Lineup Notes: Bryce Harper Sits After Procedure For Ingrown Toenail; Jayson Werth Likely Headed To DL

Greg Fiume

Jayson Werth's still not ready to return to the lineup and according to reports from Nationals Park this afternoon, he's likely headed for a DL stint. The Washington Nationals will also be missing Bryce Harper tonight after he had a surgical procedure for an ingrown toenail. Nats' lineup for tonight's game with the Cubs below...

Jayson Werth's not in tonight's lineup. Continuing issues with his hamstring, which Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson said yesterday might be tied to dehydration related to a stomach virus, are keeping Werth on the sidelines. Now Bryce Harper's going to join Werth on the bench. When the Nats' lineup for the first game of three with the Chicago Cubs in D.C. was announced, Harper's name was noticeably absent. When the Nats' skipper spoke to reporters before today's game he told the press the reason that his 20-year-old three-hole hitter was sitting:

So, two-thirds of the Nats' Opening Day outfield is on the bench for the series opener with the Cubbies. Here's the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game:

Tyler Moore, Denard Span and the Shark left-to-right around the outfield. Ross "Ground Ball" Detwiler on the mound. The Nats' 27-year-old left-hander takes the hill for the seventh time in 2013. After six starts, Detwiler's (1-3) with a 2.50 ERA, 3.72 FIP, eight walks (2.00 BB/9) and 21 Ks (5.25 K/9) in 36.0 IP. In three career starts against the Cubs, the Nats' '07 1st Round pick is (2-1) with a 2.60 ERA, 5 BB (2.60 BB/9), 9 Ks (4.67 K/9) and a 1.15 WHIP in 17.1 IP.

After talking to Davey Johnson about the lineup, reporters on the scene apparently spoke to D.C. GM Mike Rizzo as well, and the Nats' general manager reportedly said that Jayson Werth might be headed to the DL with a "slight" strain of his hamstring:

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