You know what they say about how the best laid plans gang aft agley. Dusty Baker was feeling that when he spoke to reporters in Citizens Bank Park last night about how he’d like to get his expected everyday lineup out there functioning as a unit but can’t quite seem to.
“My plan changes sometimes,” Baker said. “I’ve always got a plan, just sometimes you’re thrown a wrench in your plans, and then you have to adjust and readjust your plans.
“That’s what baseball is about, and that’s what life is all about, actually. Cause we all got plans, then all of a sudden something happens and then next thing you know you have to revamp your plan.”
Ryan Zimmerman rested during this past weekend’s series with the New York Mets in Citi Field with general soreness, and last night it was second baseman Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon who got the night off with the same generalized ailment.
Rendon’s issue was with his foot, Baker said, though he wasn’t sure exactly when the third baseman got banged up.
“Rendon, his foot is bothering him,” Baker explained, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr.
“He’s got some general soreness, so we got to take care of him too.”
Then there was Bryce Harper, who was set to return to the lineup for the first time since August 12th before he woke up with flu-like symptoms. It’s never easy.
Three of the four (Zimmerman, Rendon, and Harper) are in the lineup tonight, however.