May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT
If you were worried when Bryce Harper slammed pretty hard into the ivy (and the brick wall behind it) making a catch yesterday at Wrigley Field, it appears you can stand down. Harper, who appeared to jam his right hand against the wall while bracing himself, stayed in the game (and doubled in his next at-bat) and is back in the Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs.
Harper will be joined in the outfield by Denard Span and Tyler Moore, today’s left fielder. Matt Williams has been using a revolving door out there with Jayson Werth out. Michael Taylor has started four of the nine games since Werth landed on the DL, with Moore now making his third start and Clint Robinson getting two to date.
Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound, looking more and more like himself each time he pitches. He has tossed seven consecutive quality starts, and over his last four he owns a 2.08 ERA.
As you know, I’m not in Chicago this week, but please maintain the conversation here and check back in the morning for remote analysis…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, ESPN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 19 mph out to CF
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
CF Dexter Fowler
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Starlin Castro
C Miguel Montero
RF Jorge Soler
LF Chris Coghlan
RHP Kyle Hendricks
2B Addison Russell
HP Mike DiMuro
1B Hunter Wendelstedt
2B Bob Davidson (cc)
3B Ryan Blakney
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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