Game #115 Reynaldo Lopez starts, Papelbon released: Game Thread

As Jerry Crasnick reported earlier through a sourced report that Jonathan Papelbon would be released. Subsequent rumors were reported as to who initiated the release with multiple reports that Papelbon requested the release.

The Nationals have recalled Reynaldo Lopez today as he will get his third start for the Nationals. Lopez will face the Braves rightie Rob Whalen who has also made just two starts in the Majors this season. Whalen has a 5.73 ERA and like Lopez has struggled for consistency in his two starts.

Wilson Ramos will get the day-off today as well as another day off for Bryce Harper. Pedro Severino will start at catcher and Brian Goodwin will get another start in rightfield. Dusty Baker once again will put out a unique line-up. Only Trea Turner, Daniel Murphy and Brian Goodwin remain in the same line-up spots as yesterday.

Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves
Stadium: Nats Park, Washington, DC
1st Pitch:  7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN, Fox Sports South,

Line-ups (subject to change without notice):

  1. Trea Turner 2B
  2. Ben Revere CF
  3. Daniel Murphy 1B
  4. Anthony Rendon 3B
  5. Jayson Werth LF
  6. Brian Goodwin RF
  7. Danny Espinosa SS
  8. Pedro Severino CF C
  9. Reynaldo Lopez RHP
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