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Searching for a temporary left fielder

Mar 27, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

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Steve Lombardozzi is making his second start in left field this afternoon.

JUPITER, Fla. — If Michael Morse needs to start the season on the disabled list — and considering he's not supposed to be cleared to resume throwing until tomorrow, that seems a likely scenario — the Nationals will need to figure out who's going to take over in left field on a temporary basis.

Davey Johnson has considered a number of possibilities, from Roger Bernadina to Mark DeRosa to Brett Carroll to Steve Lombardozzi. And for now, the manager isn't making his plan public.

"I've got a pretty good idea," Johnson said when asked if he's got an Opening Day lineup in mind yet.

Johnson, though, has to prepare for multiple contingencies due to the uncertain status of both Morse and first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche is getting at-bats in a minor-league game today, has been cleared to run the bases and could be back in the big-league lineupRead more »

  1. Binx Bolling - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    It will be Bernadina.

  2. sm13 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Translation of Davey's comment: No repeat of Rigg's Guzman debacle.

  3. NatsLady - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    So, Shark, Arm, Werth. I guess that will work defensively. Hope they put up some hits.

  4. NatsLady - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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  5. Steve M. - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    sm13, almost as bad as Guzy in RF was LoDuca in LF. 2 things that are difficult to erase from our brains.

  6. SpingfieldNatsFan1 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    So why is Davy showing Gio to one of our main competitors for the division so close to the start of the season? One of the advantages to having an American League pitcher is the initial unfamiliarity of the hitters for the first few matchups. Might have been a better idea for Gio to make his last ST start in a minor league game rather than against a main rival with a lineup of regulars….

  7. Lee - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    What about Marlon Byrd? The cubs seem to be shopping him for relief pitching.

  8. Kirbs - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Are they concerned with the beast swinging or his throwing? If he can't throw till tomorrow, but they caught him with a bat- is it just the throwing?

  9. Natsochist - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    @Kirbs – from what I remember, he's been able to swing all Spring with no problems, but he can't throw without pain.

  10. Anonymous - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    If throwing is Morse's problem, why not open the season by alternating him with LaRoche at 1st. That gives us Morse's bat, at least sometimes, and lets LaRoche have extra time to get his ankle fully healed

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