The Washington Times - May 12, 2013, 12:15PM

Bryce Harper returns to the Washington Nationals’ lineup on Sunday afternoon, recovered from a procedure to remove an ingrown toenail from his left foot, and Steve Lombardozzi will get his first start of the season in left field.

With ballparks awash in pink this Sunday morning in honor of Mother’s Day and to promote breast cancer awareness, the Nationals will look for the series victory against the Cubs. They lost 8-2 on Saturday in the second game of the series. 


It will be the first game Harper has played since Thursday and with Jayson Werth on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, Davey Johnson is taking the opportunity get Lombardozzi some at-bats by starting him in left field. During spring training, the Nationals told Lombardozzi that his days of playing outfield — which he did in 41 games in 2012 — would be limited this season.

But Lombardozzi gets on base at a higher clip than Roger Bernadina, and the Nationals are facing a right-handed pitcher Sunday in Scott Feldman so Johnson opted not to start the right-handed Tyler Moore. Lombardozzi, who spent time shagging fly balls in the outfield on Saturday and did some work out there with Tony Tarasco early on Sunday morning, is a switch hitter. 

Here are the full lineups:


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


Starlin Castro SS
Cody Ransom 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Scott Hairston RF
Ryan Sweeney CF
Dioner Navarro C
Darwin Barney 2B
Scott Feldman P