Werth, Rendon out of Nats lineup

Ian Desmond is in the Nationals lineup despite a stiff back and what manager Davey Johnson said after yesterday's game was a tight hamstring.

Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon, however, are not in the lineup for tonight's game against the Royals.

Werth served as the designated hitter yesterday, but Ryan Zimmerman will fill that role tonight. Bryce Harper will play right field for a second straight day, Tyler Moore will again play left and Steve Lombardozzi will play second with Rendon out.

Chad Tracy will serve as the Nats' DH today.

Jordan Zimmermann hopes to bounce back from a rough outing his last time out, when he allowed eight runs over five innings in a loss to the Cubs. Zimmermann has said that he feels fine physically despite posting a 6.75 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.

The Royals will send right-hander Wade Davis to the mound tonight. Davis has a 5.43 ERA in 23 starts this season.

For the Nats
CF Denard Span
DH Ryan Zimmerman
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Tyler Moore
3B Chad Tracy
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

For the Royals
LF Alex Gordon
2B Emilio Bonifacio
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
3B Mike Moustakas
RF Justin Maxwell
CF David Lough
C George Kottaras
SS Alcides Escobar
RHP Wade Davis

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