The Washington Times - September 12, 2012, 02:56PM

NEW YORK — The Washington Nationals will be without second baseman Danny Espinosa Wednesday evening in their finale with the New York Mets. Espinosa left the team to be with his family following the death of his grandmother.

Espinosa is expected to rejoin the Nationals on Friday in Atlanta.


The second baseman, who has missed just one game this season, was replaced in the Nationals’ lineup on Wednesday by Steve Lombardozzi as they faced hard-throwing right-hander Matt Harvey.

As expected, Michael Morse was also out of the Nationals’ lineup as he went for X-rays and an MRI on his left wrist this morning. Morse was replaced by Roger Bernadina. We’ll have more on Morse once the clubhouse opens to reporters. got the start in his place.

Here are the full lineups as the Nationals look to close out their season series with the Mets on a sweep:


Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Roger Bernadina LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
John Lannan 


Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Scott Hairston RF
Lucas Duda 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Jason Bay LF
Andres Torres CF
Matt Harvey P