This series should be about Jayson Werth facing his former team for the first time, and while that is dominating the Philly papers, the bigger issue in D.C. is the injury bug, which has bitter their best player, Ryan Zimmerman, to the tune of three-to-four weeks with an abdominal strain. He was placed on the D.L. today and the team recalled catcher Jesus Flores to take his place on the roster.
Also, 1B Adam LaRoche is still suffering from either the groin strain he suffered in New York Saturday OR the tear in his left rotator cuff, which flared up on him, requiring him to sit during Saturday's game. Then today we find out left fielder Michael Morse, he of the 3-for-18 start of the season, has the flu and will be unable to play tonight, leaving a patchwork lineup that will feature Laynce Nix in left, Jerry Hairston at third, and 43-year old Matt Stairs playing first and batting cleanup.
Oh, and it's supposed to rain all night tonight. Stay dry, Nats fans.
PHILLIES: Victorino-8, Polanco-5, Rollins-6, Howard-3, Francisco-9, Ibanez-7, Ruiz-2, Valdez-4, Blanton-1
NATIONALS: Desmond-6, Ankiel-8, Werth-9, Stairs-3, Ramos-2, Nix-7, Espinosa-4, Hairston-5, Livo-1