Nationals' Lineup Update Updated: Ian Desmond Not Scratched?

Brian Kersey

According to reports from Wrigley Field tonight, Washington Nationals' shortstop Ian Desmond's back locked up during batting practice, so he'll be replaced in the lineup by Anthony Rendon, who was originally going to have the night off in the third game of four with the Chicago Cubs.

• Updated 7:47 PM EDT:

• Previous Report: Ian Desmond put together a strong .281/.378/.375 July that left the Washington Nationals' 27-year-old shortstop with a .276/.315/.508 line on the year in the '04 Expos' 3rd Round pick's fifth major league season. In 17 games and 72 plate appearances in August, the Nats' infielder has a .258/.319/.394 line with six doubles and a home run so far this month. Desmond's played in 123 of 125 games so far this season, and he was scheduled to play his 124th game tonight, but according to reports from Wrigley Field, the shortstop's back locked up during batting practice and he's been replaced in the lineup by Anthony Rendon, who will play short tonight with Steve Lombardozzi getting a start at second:

This was tonight's original lineup:

Rendon's made one start at short in the majors so far this season. The 23-year-old 2011 1st Round pick has a .262/.322/.403 line so far in his rookie season, with 19 doubles and six home runs in 70 games and 290 PAs. After a rough .187/.237/.319 July, Rendon's bounced back in August with a .286/.373/.482 line, five doubles and two home runs over his last 16 games and 67 PAs. Rendon was 2 for 5 in last night's win over the Cubs with an opposite field double in his first at bat and a single the third time up.

The Nationals haven't released an updated lineup yet, but we'll erase this line and included it here when they do...

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