The Washington Times - July 25, 2013, 11:23AM

When Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson set about putting his lineup together for Thursday’s 12:35 p.m. matinee finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bryce Harper was back in it after a one-day absence, but Ian Desmond was still missing.

Desmond, who is dealing with a large blister on the outside palm of his left hand, was supposed to get a special pad to cover the blister, Johnson said, but it had not yet made it to the ballpark. 


“He was going to get a magic patch today that was going to miraculously heal it,” Johnson said. “But the pharmacy didn’t come through. So, to be continued.”

Perhaps the patch came in, though, because about an hour before game time the Nationals announced a lineup switch. Desmond returned to the Nationals’ lineup, playing shortstop and hitting sixth as the Nationals looked to break a six-game losing streak that has followed them since the All-Star break.

They’ll send Gio Gonzalez to the mound against Pirates veteran righty A.J. Burnett.

Here are the full lineups:


Bryce Harper LF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Ian Desmond SS
Denard Span CF
Kurt Suzuki C
Gio Gonzalez P


Starling Marte LF
Jordy Mercer 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Russel Martin C
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Gaby Sanchez 1B
Josh Harrison RF
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P