Game 111: Nationals at Astros

Adam Berry, pinch-hitting for Bill Ladson after two long nights at Minute Maid Park. For more news and notes and in-game updates, check out Nationals.com and follow me on Twitter @adamdberry.

-Don’t expect to see Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen tonight against the Astros. Manager Davey Johnson said he planned to rest both of his “closer types.” Clippard has worked five of the past six games, and Storen has pitched in four of the last five — and Johnson wanted to stay away from him the last two nights.

-You can, however, keep an eye out for Edwin Jackson. Today was his between-starts throw day, so he’ll join the bullpen in case the Nats need another arm. He’d get his scheduled work in and potentially help out a taxed relief corps.

“This is what we did in the day when we carried 10 pitchers,” Johnson said. “A lot of times you’d go to your starter on his throw day and try to get an inning or two out of him.”

-Jayson Werth was feeling good enough to start in right field tonight. Johnson was hopeful that he’d hold up through a full nine innings two nights after leaving the game early with sore legs.

-Elsewhere, Chien-Ming Wang was pulled off his Minor League rehab assignment with complaints of hip soreness. Wang pitched last night for Double-A Harrisburg, giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. So, he’s still on the disabled list, just no longer on rehab. Seems relevant to mention here: Active rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Here are tonight’s lineups.

Nationals (67-43)
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Jayson Werth RF
Danny Espinosa SS
Kurt Suzuki C
Gio Gonzalez LHP

Astros (36-75)
Jose Altuve 2B
Matt Downs 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Justin Maxwell RF
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Corporan C
Brandon Barnes CF
Marwin Gonzalez SS
Armando Galarraga RHP

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