The Washington Times - June 9, 2013, 11:55AM

Denard Span had an adventurous morning. When the Washington Nationals center fielder tried to head out of the parking garage in his apartment building in Crystal City, he was greeted by a bike race. Leaving, it seemed, would be difficult by car.

Once Span got himself out of the building and into a cab — with his luggage for the Nationals’ upcoming road trip — he arrived at the Nationals’ clubhouse in time for manager Davey Johnson to tell him he’d be sitting out the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. 


Span’s right foot was still sore on Sunday after he fouled a ball off it late in Saturday’s loss to the Twins. X-rays were negative, though, so Span is hoping that with treatment he can get the swelling and inflammation to subside quickly. Johnson told him he’d like to play him in Sunday’s nightcap.

This is the second time this season that Span has had to sit after fouling a ball off his right foot. He will likely wear a guard on the foot from now on, he said. 

“Had still been sore even since (the first time I fouled a ball off it in Pittsburg in May),” Span said. “I was fine but I could still feel it at times. I’ll be OK. There’s no fractures and nothing broken, just a little pain and swelling.

“This is the first year that I’ve ever banged my foot like that,” he said. “I’ve never had a problem with fouling balls off my shin. The first time (I did it this season), I wore one for two or three days and then I got rid of it and I was like ‘OK, I’m fine now.’ Then I do it a month later. I’m going to have to wear it a little bit more. I’d look at people who do it all the time and think ‘How the heck do you do that?’ Now I’ve done it twice. Things like that come in bulk. I’m just waiting for my home runs (to come that way).”

In Span’s absence, the Nationals’ lineup for the first game on Sunday is, in a word, unconventional. Jeff Kobernus, a converted second baseman, is leading off and playing center field. Steve Lombardozzi, also a converted second baseman, is playing left field. Jayson Werth is hitting cleanup.

Here are the full lineups:


Jeff Kobernus CF
Steve Lombardozzi LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Anthony Rendon 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jordan Zimmermann P


Eduardo Escobar 3B
Clete Thomas LF
Ryan Doumit C
Justin Morneau 1B
Chris Parmelee RF
Aaron Hicks CF
Brian Dozier 2B
Pedro Florimon SS
Scott Diamond P