Washington Nationals’ lineup for today’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves


Nelson Cruz, 41, went simply 4 for 20 in his first 5 video games this season (for a .200/.273/.350 line) with one house run, two walks, and 4 strikeouts in 22 plate appearances, however the 18-year veteran, who signed with Washington’s Nationals this winter, taking a 1-year/$15M deal to be the DH in D.C., related for his 450th profession house run within the sequence finale with the New York Mets on Sunday, and adopted that 2 for 4 sport (through which he hit a two-run single as effectively) with a 1 for 3 evening on Monday within the opener with Atlanta.

Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez mentioned after the membership’s first win of the sequence within the fourth of 4 with NY, that he wasn’t too involved about Cruz getting the bat going given the years of proof that the Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic-born slugger is aware of tips on how to hit.

“He’s an expert hitter,” Martinez mentioned. “He is aware of tips on how to drive in runs. It was lovely.

“Hits the house run, he stays contained in the ball with two strikes, hits the ball up the center, two huge runs for us there.”

Cruz was penciled in because the DH and No. 3 hitter within the Nationals’ lineup on Tuesday as effectively, however about 20 minutes earlier than the scheduled begin time for the 2nd of three with 2022’s World Collection champs in Atlanta, he was scratched with out clarification till after what ended up a 16-4 loss to the Braves in Truist Park.

“He has proper groin tightness in the present day, so I simply needed him to get remedy and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Martinez defined in his put up sport press convention.

Cruz was within the lineup, nevertheless, and he did participate in batting apply earlier than the sport, so did one thing occur in BP, or do they know when he tweaked one thing?

“Yeah, he mentioned he simply couldn’t — he tried to get free earlier than the sport, and he couldn’t get free, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Lacking Cruz for any important period of time could be an enormous blow for the Nationals, who signed the vet to hit in the midst of the order and supply some safety for the membership’s 23-year-old slugger, Juan Soto.

Cruz is again within the lineup for this afternoon’s 12:20 PM ET sequence finale with the Braves, although they apparently let him try it out earlier than making an official determination on his inclusion.

HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 3RD OF 3 WITH THE BRAVES:

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