The Washington Times - May 3, 2011, 03:41PM

PHILADELPHIA — Rick Ankiel is out of the starting lineup today and the center fielder, who made two diving plays on Monday night — one that was a catch and another that was not — and was seen in the clubhouse postgame icing his hand, may be getting a day because of injury.

Ankiel got his first day off of the season when the team was in Pittsburgh so it’s unlikely that he’d be getting another maintenance day this close to that one but we’ll find out when we talk to Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.


In his place, Ian Desmond will bat second in the lineup behind Danny Espinosa and Jerry Hairston Jr. will get the start in center field.

Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup and the cleanup spot after not starting on Monday and Brian Bixler gets his second straight start at third base.

Here are the full lineups for the Nationals against Phillies’ left-hander Cole Hamels:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
Ivan Rodriguez C
Brian Bixler 3B
Livan Hernandez P


Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Pete Orr 2B
Brian Schneider C
Cole Hamels P