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No Ben Revere in Nationals' lineup for Game 2 with the Braves in Atlanta

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Washington Nationals' center fielder Ben Revere left Monday's season opener with a rib issue and he's not in the lineup for tonight's matchup with the Atlanta Braves. Michael A. Taylor gets the start tonight in Turner Field.

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Photo © and courtesy the @Nationals on the Twitter

Ben Revere started in center for the Washington Nationals on Monday, but he left the season opener after three and a half innings with what Nats' skipper Dusty Baker said after the game was a rib issue.

"We think he's okay," Baker told reporters. "We took him out for precaution because he did it on a swing, on that 3-1 swing. And so he aggravated his rib cage some, so he's day-to-day and we took him out as a precaution."

Baker wasn't ready then to speculate any further on what might be wrong with the 27-year-old outfielder at that point.

"I don't want to jump to conclusions to say what it is because I'm not a doctor and they just said he aggravated it," Baker explained.

Revere told reporters, including Washington Post writer James Wagner, he felt something on his first swing of the game, later in his first at bat of the year, again on a leaping attempt at a home run in center field and then also in his second trip to the plate:

"My body kinda told my brain and kinda reacted in a different way and kinda came off it and that’s when I knew something was up," Revere said. "I went back out and caught the [Jace] Peterson pop fly and it was kinda tough going over there and running because it was kinda tough for me to breathe a little bit."

Revere said he would rest on the Nationals' day off on Tuesday and then reevaluate. While there was no update before the lineup was announced this afternoon, Revere's name was not included when it was posted.

Michael A. Taylor is starting in center and leading off. More information on Revere when it's available.

Here's the Nationals' lineup for the second game of two with the Braves in Atlanta's Turner Field: