Nationals notes: no trades, reshuffled lineup and more

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Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline passed quietly for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

At 4:29 p.m., 29 minutes after the cutoff, Davey Johnson walked into the interview room at Nationals Park and quipped: “I’m still here.”

The manager didn’t expect his team shuffle the roster, satisfied with the group that has baseball’s best record despite 19 players spending time on the disabled list.

“I like this ballclub,” Johnson said.

The same can’t be said for the disappointing Phillies, who dealt right fielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants and center fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the hours before the deadline.

Johnson spent a few extra minutes in the clubhouse to see who, exactly, was traded in the final flurry of deals before setting his lineup.

That Nationals lineup looks a bit different than usual. After Ryan Zimmerman tweaked his back sliding into home Sunday, he gets the game off and is day-to-day. Same for Adam LaRoche, getting an extra day off as he recovers from his own back problem. Johnson believes LaRoche is close to returning (LaRoche said he was OK), but wants to see him go through a workout first.

Other tibits from Johnson:

— John Lannan, 6-10 with a 5.24 earned-run average in 19 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, will start one game of Friday’s doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.

— Johnson expects to continue with the eight-man bullpen through August. “The next thing I do will probably be adding to it,” he said, referring to rosters expanding in September.

Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Juan Pierre, LF
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Carlos Ruiz, C
Laynce Nix, RF
John Mayberry, CF
Kevin Frandsen, 3B
Cliff Lee, P

Washington Nationals
Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
Bryce Harper, RF
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Michael Morse, LF
Tyler Moore, 1B
Mark DeRosa, SS
Jesus Flores, C
Roger Bernadina, CF
Stephen Strasburg, P

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