The Washington Times - May 5, 2011, 03:29PM

PHILADELPHIA — Manager Jim Riggleman had to take a few extra things under consideration when making out his lineup this afternoon for the Nationals series finale against Philadelphia tonight. 

There was the ailing wrist of center fielder Rick Ankiel, which has kept him out of the lineup for the past two games, the sore right knee for left fielder Michael Morse that caused him to be a last-minute scratch for the Nationals Wednesday night and the general soreness of Jerry Hairston Jr, who Riggleman mentioned was limping Wednesday night.


Ankiel and Morse were both absent from the lineup again on Thursday with Laynce Nix playing left field and hitting cleanup — dropping Adam LaRoche to fifth in the lineup — and Jerry Hairston Jr. once again in center field. Alex Cora got the starts in the second spot in the lineup as a left-hander against Roy Halladay.

Full lineups:


Danny Espinosa 2B
Alex Cora 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Laynce Nix LF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Wilson Ramos C
Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
Ian Desmond SS
John Lannan P 


Jimmy Rollins SS
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Ryan Howard 1B
John Mayberry Jr. RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Wilson Valdez 2B
Dane Sardinha C
Roy Halladay P