--3B Ryan Zimmerman was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain, and while manager Jim Riggleman thinks Zimmerman could be back the first day he's eligible to return, he said the Nationals won't rush Zimmerman back if the injury is taking longer than expected to heal. "I'm hearing, 'Give it 10 days, and if it turns into 20 days, that's just what it is,'" Riggleman said.
--C Jesus Flores was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) on Tuesday, getting back to the majors for the first time since September 2009 after missing all of the 2010 season following shoulder surgery. Manager Jim Riggleman said Flores will mostly be used as a pinch hitter in Ryan Zimmerman's absence, and Flores could also play at first base.
--OF Michael Morse did not start Tuesday night because of a flu virus, but he pinch-hit in the seventh inning and moved to first base in the eighth inning. He could play third base in Ryan Zimmerman's absence, manager Jim Riggleman said, on days when the Nationals want to use Laynce Nix in left field.
--1B Adam LaRoche did not start at first base two days after straining his left groin while sliding into second base in New York. Manager Jim Riggleman said LaRoche lobbied to play, but team doctors told him he should keep the first baseman out of the lineup for at least a day.
--RHP Livan Hernandez got his first win of the season, allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six batters in the Nationals' 7-4 decision over the Phillies. Hernandez threw 69 strikes in 98 pitches a start after walking five batters. He posted the Nationals' longest start of the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
19 -- Months since C Jesus Flores last played in a major league game. Flores, who missed the entire 2010 season after shoulder surgery, was recalled from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) on Tuesday. He will be a pinch hitter for the team in 3B Ryan Zimmerman's absence.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"They're Philly fans. Obviously, Philly is known to be hard on their own players. I knew Jayson kind of expected it. It's to be expected. I can't wait until we go back to Philly." -- Nationals UT Jerry Hairston, on the reception OF Jayson Werth got from Phillies fans in his first game against his former team on Tuesday night. Even though the game was in Washington, a largely pro-Phillies crowd booed Werth every time he came to the plate or caught a flyball.
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