Washington Nationals' Tuesday Night Lineup: Pregame Notes On Ryan Zimmerman Sitting; Taylor Jordan For Dan Haren?; Bryce Harper's Rehab

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Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson talked to reporters before today's game about why Ryan Zimmerman wasn't in the lineup, what lies ahead for Bryce Harper and which pitcher might come up to take Dan Haren's next turn in the starting rotation.

The Washington Nationals open a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight in the nation's capital, but they will do so without their regular third baseman in the lineup. When Davey Johnson released the lineup for the first game of three with the D-Backs, Ryan Zimmerman's name was noticeably absent, with Chad Tracy filling in at third base tonight in Nationals Park:

When Nationals' manager Davey Johnson met with reporters this afternoon he said that the Nats' 28-year-old third baseman was experiencing shoulder discomfort and taking medication to help deal with the issue, though Johnson was reportedly not too concerned and said Zimmerman was available to pinch hit if necessary:

The Nationals' skipper also apparently reinforced the suspicion that 24-year-old right-hander Taylor Jordan would be the pitcher who gets called up to fill in for the DL'd Dan Haren in what would have been Haren's next scheduled start, but from the reports on the Twitter, it seems the Nationals are still expecting Haren to eventually return to the rotation:

Gio Gonzalez gets the start against Arizona tonight in the nation's capital. As for Haren, reports today said that he had an MRI which revealed no damage in his right shoulder, but he received a shot in his right shoulder and will likely start to throw again in a few days.

MEANWHILE... over in Pfitzner Stadium, Bryce Harper is in the Potomac Nationals' lineup as he begins his rehab stint with the Nats' Class-A Carolina League affiliate:

According to what Johnson told reporters, Harper's unlikely to return for this weekend's series in NY:

Game time 7:05 pm EDT tonight. Gio Gonzalez vs Trevor Cahill... Who's watching the Nationals?

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