The Washington Times - April 20, 2013, 02:31PM

NEW YORK — Ryan Zimmerman was not in the lineup for the second straight day on Saturday as the Nationals and the Mets get set to play a mid-afternoon matinee. Zimmerman, who has been dealing with a cramp in his left hamstring for the last several days, was sent for an MRI on the area to determine the severity of the issue.

On Friday, Zimmerman expressed confidence that he may be able to return to the lineup on Saturday. But the third baseman was replaced for the second straight day by Chad Tracy.


Danny Espinosa (wrist) returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with swelling and stiffness in his right wrist.

The Nationals will send Gio Gonzalez to the hill looking for what would be just their third victory in the last eight games. 

Here are the full lineups:


Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Chad Tracy 3B
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Gio Gonzalez P


Justin Turner SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
John Buck C
Ike Davis 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Lucas Duda LF
Collin Cowgill CF
Jeremy Hefner P