Robles (back) isn't starting the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against Philadelphia. Robles has been dealing with back tightness recently, and he didn't appear in Thursday's matinee. He'll remain on the bench for the second game while Andrew Stevenson starts in center field and bats eighth.
Robles (back) will sit for the afternoon portion of Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Robles left Tuesday's game due to back tightness, though there's no guarantee that's the reason he's on the bench. He hasn't been an everyday player recently, and even if he was, he might not be asked to start twice in one day. Whether or not he's in contention to start the nightcap remains to be seen. Andrew Stevenson starts in center field in his absence.
Robles was removed from Tuesday's win over the Phillies with tightness in the right side of his lower back, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Robles went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run before being lifted during the middle of his at-bat in the ninth inning. Manager Dave Martinez labeled the removal a precaution, so the outfielder should be considered day-to-day.
Robles remains on the bench Saturday against the Orioles. The Nationals indicated Friday that Robles would continue to see his role reduced against righties, and it's clear that they meant what they said. He's now sat in favor of Andrew Stevenson against each of the last four righties that Washington has faced. Robles has hit a very disappointing .208/.326/.301 on the season with just a single home run.
Robles won't be slipping completely into the short side of a platoon, but he's expected to continue sitting frequently against righties in favor of Andrew Stevenson going forward, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Robles is still just 24 years old and has plenty of time to turn into something more than he is right now, but what he is now simply isn't an everyday player. His .213/.312/.307 slash line over the last two seasons, which comes with just four home runs in 133 games, isn't good enough even for a center fielder with a plus glove.