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Nationals - Cubs lineups: Bryce Harper out after procedure to ingrown toenail

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The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs on Friday night down two starting outfielders with Jayson Werth likely headed to the disabled list with a slight right hamstring strain and Bryce Harper out after a procedure to alleviate an ingrown toenail on his right foot.

Harper, who is hitting .302 with 10 home runs on the young season, has been dealing with the issue for several days, manager Davey Johnson said. He had it looked at three days ago and “they kind of clipped it, like what you normally do,” Johnson said.

“But evidently there was, unseen to anybody, a lot more nail in there that they couldn’t detect,” he added. “So they went in there and got it (Friday).”

The Nationals expected Harper would not miss more than the one game with the issue, but it has apparently been causing him a good deal of discomfort.

“They took a big chunk out of his toe,” Johnson said. “He was in a lot of pain last night and he’s gimpy today.”

Roger Bernadina got the start in right field and Tyler Moore the start in left in place of Werth and Harper. 

Here are the full lineups for the opener of the Nationals’ series against the Cubs:

Nationals

Denard Span CF
Roger Bernadina RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Tyler Moore LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Ross Detwiler P

Cubs

Starlin Castro SS
Cody Ransom 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Scott Hairston RF
Wellington Castillo C
Ryan Sweeney CF
Darwin Barney 2B
Jeff Samardzjia P 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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