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Dunn scratched

May 17, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS — Adam Dunn has been scratched from the Nationals’ lineup, still suffering from flu-like symptoms that sidelined him in Denver over the weekend.

Dunn, who was out of the lineup yesterday for the first time this season, reported to Busch Stadium still feeling ill.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I’m just really weak.”

Manager Jim Riggleman said he may use Dunn as a pinch-hitter. The slugger came up to bat in the ninth inning yesterday and made the final out of a 2-1 loss to the Rockies.

Adam Kennedy is now starting at first base and batting sixth. Josh Willingham and Ivan Rodriguez have each been bumped up a spot and now will bat fourth and fifth, respectively. Cristian Guzman will move from shortstop to second base, and Ian Desmond will now start at shortstop.

  1. A DC Wonk - May 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Can anyone tell us what Storen's workload has been over the past 5-7 days?

  2. Natsochist - May 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Name me one other team in the majors that could pull off all those switches, last-minute, and still have it seem completely normal. That's one aspect of this year's team that I really enjoy.

  3. Anonymous - May 17, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    I don' get it…what did he scratch? Did he offend someone and now he can't play?

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