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Rick Ankiel, who had a quad strain earlier this spring, was scratched from today's lineup.
Manager Davey Johnson has been pointing for a while to today's game as the unofficial start of the home stretch of the spring. He's been planning to play most of his regulars, giving them plenty of at-bats in preparation for the season opener.
Unfortunately, it's tough for Johnson to put together a full lineup when several of his regulars are still dealing with injuries. Michael Morse (lat strain) is still waiting for the green light to resume baseball activities. Adam LaRoche (bone bruise in foot) did get a bunch of at-bats again yesterday in a minor-league game but has yet to be cleared to run the bases. And now Rick Ankiel has been scratched from today's lineup (he had been dealing with a quad strain earlier this spring, though he played yesterday in Sarasota and looked fine).
(UPDATE AT 11:20 A.M. -- Nothing new with Ankiel. He's feeling fine, but Johnson wanted to give him a day off after that long trip yesterday.)
All the injuries leave Johnson with the following lineup today against the Mets (I don't believe he would refer to this as his "Opening Day lineup")...
SS Ian DesmondDrew Storen, meanwhile, is tentatively scheduled to resume his throwing program Tuesday. That may or may not give the closer enough time to get himself ready for Opening Day.
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Mark DeRosa
C Jesus Flores
CF Roger Bernadina
LF Steve Lombardozzi
P Stephen Strasburg