Washington Nationals’ lineup for series finale with Los Angeles Dodgers…

Nelson Cruz was 0 for 14 popping out of the All-Star Break and 0 for 15 total in his final 5 video games earlier than Davey Martinez determined to present the 42-year-old, 18-year veteran an evening off within the second recreation of the Nationals’ three-game sequence in Los Angeles, CA’s Dodger Stadium final evening.

“I gave him a day without work,” Martinez mentioned in his pregame press convention final evening in LA.

“We received a fast turnaround tomorrow,” he defined, with a ten:10 PM ET begin final evening and 12:10 PM first pitch immediately. “So, he’s going to play tomorrow towards the lefty [Andrew Heaney].”

Cruz ended up approaching as a pinch hitter within the Nats’ comeback win, and the designated hitter in D.C. struck out in his first of two plate appearances, earlier than snapping an 0 for 16 stretch with a two-run double the second time up.

Thus far in July, Cruz is now 10 for 61 in 17 video games and 68 plate appearances, for a tricky .164/.250/.197 line on the month.

“His timing is a little bit off,” Martinez mentioned earlier than final evening’s recreation. “He’s a little bit late getting his foot down. I do know he got here out early immediately to hit, so it’s one thing that he needed to work on.”

“He goes by stretches the place his timing is absolutely good,” the supervisor added, “… and he hits the ball laborious, constantly. We’ve simply received to attempt to get him again there as quickly as potential, and hopefully it may very well be as early as tomorrow, if he has to pinch-hit immediately, it may very well be immediately.”

Will the double final evening, and insurance coverage runs he drove in assist spark Cruz with the August 2nd commerce deadline and a possible transfer to a membership in want of a bat a definite risk within the coming days?

Martinez mentioned his DH has been by all of it earlier than, and can be a professional wherever he’s on August third.

“He would love to remain right here. If he stays right here, nice. If he occurs to go someplace else, then he is aware of he’s received a job to do, and that’s to assist that membership win.”

Cruz is again within the Nationals’ beginning lineup for this afternoon’s finale in LA.