Difo is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Difo heads back to the bench as left-hander Kyle Freeland takes the mound for the Rockies. Adrian Sanchez grabs another start at second base as Difo has yet to start against a southpaw in September.
Difo is on the bench Wednesday against lefty Wei-Yin Chen and the Marlins, the Nationals' official site reports. Difo has sat against every lefty in September. As usual, Adrian Sanchez will get the call in his place at second base.
Difo is not in the lineup Sunday against lefty Steven Matz and the Mets. Difo has sat against the last six lefties the Nationals have faced. Adrian Sanchez starts at second base in his place Sunday, as he has against the previous five southpaws.
Difo went 0-for-1 with a walk but stole his 10th base of the season Thursday against the Mets. Difo entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, but swiped a base in the 10th inning after being intentionally walked. He's played regularly with right-handers on the mound since Daniel Murphy was dealt. Though not spectacular, Difo has provided four home runs and five stolen bases since August 1.
Difo is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets. As per usual, Difo -- who is hitting just .159 against southpaws this season -- will take a seat with left-hander Jason Vargas toeing the rubber for the Mets. Adrian Sanchez is starting at the keystone in this one.