Nats vs. Marlins: Game 14 lineups, notes

Adam Berry here in Miami, pinch-hitting for Bill Ladson. For more news and notes and in-game updates, check out Nationals.com and follow me on Twitter @adamdberry.

On Monday, Nationals manager Davey Johnson sat first baseman Adam LaRoche in order to get Tyler Moore some playing time. Bryce Harper and Denard Span won’t be starting Tuesday night, but for a different reason.

Johnson said Harper and Span were both “very sick” with a stomach flu Monday night –they can’t keep any food down, feel dehydrated and were up much of the night.

Both were scheduled to see a doctor at 6 p.m. at Marlins Park. Harper showed up late Tuesday afternoon, and Span was sent back to the hotel to rest after reporting earlier this afternoon.

“They’re going to see the doctor here at 6 but definitely not available to go. I saw Span here earlier, and he looked like he needed to go back to bed,” Johnson said. “Hopefully they’ll have a quick recovery.

“I know it’s been going around DC, same thing. I hope it’s just a 24-hour flu, but with some guys it hangs on for two or three days.”

So, with Harper and Span out and Danny Espinosa still getting treatment for his bruised forearm, the Nats will head into Tuesday night’s game with a two-man bench: Chad Tracy and Jhonathan Solano.

And who’s going to man the outfield if something happens to Tyler Moore, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth? Well, let’s just say Davey sparked quite a debate among the relievers in the clubhouse before the game.

“It was just a conversation that didn’t bear a lot of fruit,” the manager said.

As for the starting lineups…

 
Nationals (8-5)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Tyler Moore
2B Steve Lombardozzi
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Dan Haren
 
Marlins (2-11)
RF Chris Coghlan
LF Juan Pierre
3B Placido Polanco
1B Greg Dobbs
CF Justin Ruggiano
C Rob Brantly
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
2B Donovan Solano
RHP Alex Sanabia

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