MIAMI -- Ian Desmond is out of the Nationals' lineup tonight, not so much because of his 0-for-13 start to the season but because manager Jim Riggleman wanted to make sure some of his reserves didn't go ice cold sitting on the bench.
When Desmond returns to the lineup tomorrow, though, he won't be back in the leadoff role. After struggling in that top spot through the season's first three games, he's getting bumped down to the 7-hole, swapping spots with rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa.
How Riggleman decides to arrange his lineup after that depends on how each young infielder responds at the plate.
"We're just going to see how it plays out," the manager said. "Whichever one is getting the job [done], he'll hit first and the other will hit seventh."