Some pre-game tidbits from Nats Park:

  • The team has not yet received the second opinion on Jason Marquis' elbow.  Marquis flew to Cincinnati to meet with doctors for the evaluation. 
  • Luis Atilano will take Marquis' start on Friday.  "Atilano is the hottest guy up there [Syracuse].  He threw really good in spring training and he's on rotation with Jason.  It's a smooth transition with him."  GM Mike Rizzo indicated that there was no "firm and only one decision we have to make" about the replacement though, and that the short-term answer might not be the same as the long-term answer for Marquis' spot in the rotation.
  • Derek Norris was put on 7-day DL due to soreness in his surgically repaired wrist.  Rizzo indicated that it was "nothing serious" and he expects Norris to play in seven to ten days.
  • Manager Jim Riggleman, on batting Willie Harris third today, said he likes Guzman in the No. 2 spot and wants Guzman's switch-hitting ability in that spot.  He said he likes his lineup today against Ubaldo Jimenez, who threw a no-hitter last time out.  He has "a lot of talented guys."
  • Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup with what Riggleman continues to describe as a cramp in his right leg.  He is available to pinch-hit.
  • Josh Willingham is being given a routine day off.  Riggleman wants to keep Willingham fresh and would like to give him a day off every "12 to 15 days".

Rockies (7-8, 4th in NL West)

1.  Gonzalez RF
2.  Fowler CF
3.  Helton 1B
4.  Tulowitzki SS
5.  Stewart 3B
6.  Spilborghs LF
7.  Olivo  C
8.  Barmes 2B
9.  Jimenez P  (3-0, 1.29)

Nationals (8-7, T-3rd in NL East)

1.  Morgan  CF
2.  Guzman  RF
3.  Harris  LF
4.  Dunn  1B
5.  Rodriguez  C
6.  Kennedy  2B
7.  Desmond  SS
8.  Gonzalez  3B
9.  Hernandez  P  (2-0, 0.00)