Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series opener with the Philadelphia Phillies…

Davey Martinez advised reporters earlier than final evening’s sport Juan Soto’s knee was nonetheless sore, however the 22-year-old slugger was testing it, to see the way it responded to his standard pregame prep, earlier than a call was made on whether or not or not he’d be within the lineup for the sequence finale with Atlanta in Nationals Park.

Soto banged the knee on the bench within the dugout late within the opener on Monday evening, then sat for the primary time this season within the second of three with the Braves in D.C., with Martinez saying they’d see how he felt when he confirmed up for the third matchup with the Nats’ NL East rivals.

“He tried to get free right now,” Martinez defined after the second straight loss to Atlanta.

“He was nonetheless just a little tight. He stated he feels rather a lot higher. In the course of the sport he stated he felt rather a lot higher, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow when he wakes up.”

Earlier than the lineup was launched final evening (sans Soto), Martinez stated the difficulty was actually a matter of the place he banged his knee on the bench.

“It’s truthfully, proper now it’s the place he bought hit. He bought hit proper on the patella tendon,” he advised reporters. “Which was sore. Yesterday he stated he felt higher, however it was nonetheless sore, so we’ll see how he feels right now. He stated he feels higher, so he’s going to undergo all his routine and see the place he comes out. For me, if it’s nonetheless bothering him, I’d fairly not begin him, and have him be capable to come off the bench if we want him versus him going on the market and he will get actually sore after which we’ve to take him out.

“In order that’s sort of the place we’re at proper now, and what we’re considering, so however I’m going to have a very good dialog with him proper after [this].”

The priority, he stated, is Soto will play a bit banged up and probably make it worse or have one other subject come up if he’s compensating.

“I feel as a result of the way in which he damage himself was banging it, sliding and all that stuff may have an effect on him just a little bit,” Martinez stated.

After final evening’s sport/loss, he stated Soto will possible be again in there tonight. Why didn’t he play within the finale with the Braves?

“He simply didn’t — he stated stopping and going bothered him some, so at this level I’m simply going to be sensible,” Martinez defined. “He stated he actually appears like another day might actually assist him. So, he was accessible to pinch hit right now if we would have liked him, however tomorrow, hopefully he is available in, he feels rather a lot higher and he’ll be within the lineup.”

Is he? Let’s look… HE IS!!