Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 2nd of 3 with the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim…

Nelson Cruz left the primary recreation of three with the Colorado Rockies in Coors Area within the seventh, and the 41-year-old, 18-year veteran missed the subsequent two video games with decrease again stiffness.

Cruz returned to the lineup for the sequence opener in Anaheim final night time, seeking to get going this season after signing a 1-year/$15M deal to turn out to be Washington’s DH, however struggling out of the gate with the Nationals, going 13 for 91 (.143/.233/.209) with two homers, 11 walks, 18 Ks, and 12 RBIs in his first 24 video games of the season.

Supervisor Davey Martinez was comfortable to get the slugger again within the lineup as he stated when he spoke to reporters earlier than the sequence opener with the Los Angeles Angels.

“After final night time’s recreation he stated he felt actually good, so I informed him, ‘Let’s get on the flight, name me within the morning, and let me understand how you’re feeling after a great night time’s sleep,’ and he referred to as me this morning about 11:00 [AM] and stated he felt good, so I watched him down there take some swings within the cage and he appears to be like good,” Martinez defined.

Yadiel Hernández stuffed in because the Nationals’ DH for the second and third video games towards the Rockies, extending a multi-hit recreation streak to 4, after which five-straight video games, by which the 34-year-old skilled hitter was 12 for 22 (.546/.565/.727) with 4 doubles and one stroll, however onerous because it was to not pencil the left-handed hitter into the lineup once more, he sat out of the sequence opener in Angel Stadium, with Cruz able to DH once more, and a left-hander beginning for LAA.

Despite the fact that he’s 6 for 13 (.462/.500/.615) in restricted at-bats towards lefties early this yr, Hernández did get the night time off, with Lane Thomas (7 for 21, .333/.364/.476 over 22 PAs vs LHPs this season) getting the beginning in left area.

As a lot as he may need needed to get Yadiel on the market once more, getting Thomas in made sense to Martinez.

“Yeah, yeah, however it’s about additionally preserving Lane engaged and getting him on the market. Lane hits lefties good, so final time he hit the ball nicely as nicely, so I needed to get him on the market.”

Cruz went 1 for 3 with a single within the 3-0 loss final night time. Thomas was 1 for 3 as nicely within the shedding effort.

Tonight, within the second of three with the Angels, Martinez went with Cruz because the DH once more, within the cleanup spot, with Hernández in left area for the 2nd of three in Anaheim, batting fifth.