The Washington Times - April 22, 2013, 04:29PM

Greetings from Nationals Park, where I’m filling in (ably, I hope) for Amanda Comak as the Nats start a homestand against the Cardinals.  Here are a few odds and ends from pregame, plus lineups.

*Closer Rafael Soriano stayed behind in New York and welcomed a baby boy to his family Monday.  His paternity leave is only expected to last one day and he’ll be available Tuesday. The Nats opted not to call up a temporary replacement since “I probably wouldn’t use him,” manager Davey Johnson said. If the Nats get into a save situation, look for Drew Storen to get the call. Yeah, in the team’s first game against the Cardinals since the National League Division Series last season. No need to over psychoanalyze that one. It’s one game.


*Catcher Wilson Ramos, on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, said he’s feeling good and foresees no problem being ready when he’s eligible to come off in one week.  Johnson said the team may send Ramos to Viera, Fla., later this week to get some at-bats in extended spring training games.  He may also get a day or two with the Potomac Nationals before he’s activated.

“Feeling good,” Ramos said before Monday’s game. “It isn’t sore or anything.”

*Prospect Nathan Karns has been named the Eastern League’s pitcher of the week. In his only start for Harrisburg last week, the 6-3 Karns won 4-1. He struck out 13.

And finally, the lineups.  The Nats will face Cards rookie Shelby Miller, a 22-year-old who is off to a 2-1 start with a 1.96 earned run average (he was also the choice of yours truly for NL Rookie of the Year in The Times’ preview section predictions). Dan Haren throws for the Nats, trying to recover from a start that has him at 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA.


Matt Carpenter, 4

Allen Craig, 9

Matt Holliday, 7

Yadier Molina, 2

Matt Adams, 3

David Freese, 5

Jon Jay, 8

Pete Kozma, 6

Shelby Miller, 1


Denard Span, 8

Jayson Werth, 9

Bryce Harper, 7

Adam LaRoche, 3

Ian Desmond, 6

Anthony Rendon, 5

Danny Espinosa, 4

Kurt Suzuki, 2

Dan Haren, 1