The Washington Times - August 27, 2011, 03:29PM

CINCINNATI — Chris Marrero has arrived in Cincinnati and Nationals manager Davey Johnson wasted no time slotting him into his starting lineup. Marrero won’t have much time to adjust to the major league life. He’s hitting seventh and playing first base tonight against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.

As a result, the rest of the Nationals lineup looks a little different — something we may be saying a lot as the calendar turns to September and more youth is infused into the Nationals’ roster. For the first time in his Nationals tenure, Jayson Werth will man center field — a position he has played in 103 games during his career but never more than the 31 times he played it in 2008 for the Phillies. In 2010, he played 21 games at the position.


Michael Morse, vacating first base for Marrero, moves back to left field for the day at least — a move Johnson said would happen to help prepare Morse for the shift in 2012 when Adam LaRoche returns to the active roster — and Laynce Nix gets the start in right field.

There are plenty of other small shifts, like Werth moving to the second spot in the lineup, where Johnson has hit the center fielder since moving Ian Desmond to leadoff, and Danny Espinosa hitting fifth behind Morse. 

Here are the full lineups behind Ross Detwiler and Leake:


Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse LF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Laynce Nix RF
Chris Marrero 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Ross Detwiler P 


Brandon Phillips 2B
Dave Sappelt LF
Joey Votto 1B
Jay Bruce RF
Miguel Cairo 3B
Drew Stubbs CF
Edgar Renteria SS
Ryan Hanigan C
Mike Leake P