The Washington Times - September 26, 2012, 03:40PM

PHILADELPHIA — Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was missing from the team’s lineup on Wednesday for the middle game of their three-game series with the Phillies.

It’s unclear if Espinosa, who has played more games than any regular in the Nationals’ lineup, is just getting a routine day off or if there is something ailing him. He received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder last Monday to alleviate the pain and inflammation caused by a bone bruise in his shoulder socket.


Espinosa has played in every game since the shot, though, including the second game of last Tuesday’s doubleheader, despite not starting in the nightcap.

We’ll know more about what’s ailing Espinosa, if anything, when the clubhouse opens. For now, Steve Lombardozzi got the start in his place at second and in the No. 7 spot in the lineup.

Here are the full lineups as the Nationals attempt to shave their magic number to clinch the NL East down to four games:


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


Jimmy Rollins SS
John Mayberry Jr. CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Domonic Brown RF
Darin Ruf LF
Kevin Frandsen 3B
Kyle Kendrick P