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Davey Martinez’s club won yesterday with a 6-5 win over the Braves at Nationals Park Now they do it again, and even later

Ryan Zimmerman is not an everyday player at this point in his career, by his own admission

At 36, the 16-year-old veteran entered the 2021 season hoping to back Josh Bell at first base, but with the new DC first baseman on the injured list to start the year , Zimmerman was first in Davey Martinez’s lineup on opening day yesterday, having torn him to the plate during spring training

Bell, and the other victims of the COVID crisis in Washington, will be back at some point in the near future, but for now Martinez may have to lean on Zimmerman

Hernán Perez took over at first base late in last season’s opener, but the 30-year-old, nine-year-old veteran has only played 28 first in his career, starting only five times, so it’s Zim as the main option until Bell returns

“I’m just at the point in my career where it’s not for lack of effort – or lack of willpower – it’s just my body for the last five years or so, that has proven when I play as many matches at one time it will collapse “

His role as a backup at the start is important though, so with Bell coming out early, how is the Nationals skipper going to handle first base? Will Zimmerman be back today after starting from first base in Game 1 of the year (in which he was 2-for-4 at plate)?

Martinez refused to look past the opener when he spoke ahead of yesterday’s game, but said he would talk to Zimmerman afterwards and see how he felt before deciding how. he would line things up for today’s doubles match

“We’re going to move on today, it’s the most important thing today is to focus on the here and now,” said Martinez “We’ll see I’ll talk to him after the game and see how he feels I really want Zim for the duration of the year so we have to be very careful with him

“But he’ll let me know how he feels Even if he can play a game tomorrow that would be great I’ll find something We’ll see how he feels tonight after the game”

Lucroy, 34, officially joined the team yesterday, after testing negative on his introductory testing for COVID-19, and he was right there catching up to Max Scherzer against the Atlanta Braves

Lucroy and receiver Tres Barrera were the two opening list catchers with Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, the expected backstop duo, starting the season on the IL

Barrera doesn’t have a lot of big league experience, so as long as Lucroy is in DC he is likely to start games, including today’s first double

“Lucroy is going to catch the first game,” Martinez said, then they’ll see, apparently

“Considering it’s seven innings, we’re going to catch [Lucroy] the first game and see what he feels like, see how the first game goes, but he’ll catch the first game”

Zimmerman and Lucroy are both back today for second of three with Atlanta overall and first of two today in DC

Brave, brave vs national

World News – United States – Washington Nationals roster for first of two today in DC with Atlanta Braves

Source: https://www.federalbaseball.com/2021/4/7/22371218/washington-nationals-lineup-first-of-doubleheader-today-in-d-c-with-the-atlanta-braves