The Washington Times - June 9, 2011, 06:07PM

SAN DIEGO — Two good signs for the Nationals are they get set to open a four-game series with the San Diego Padres: Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa are both in the lineup.

Werth has been scratched the past two game with right ankle soreness after jamming it on the bullpen mound in San Francisco Monday night. Espinosa was hit with a pitch on the left hand Wednesday afternoon on the final out of the Nationals 3-1 loss to the Giants.


The fact that both are playing is important for a Nationals team that’s on the verge of getting back third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and can ill-afford to see another starting position player go down.

Here are the full lineups behind Livan Hernandez and Aaron Harang:


Rick Ankiel CF
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Laynce Nix LF
Michael Morse 1B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Alex Cora 3B
Livan Hernandez P