Anthony Rendon replaces Zimmerman at third base, and Nate McLouth is expected to get most of the playing time while Span is out with a concussion. Early in Spring Training, the Nationals acquired Jose Lobaton from the Rays, and he is now playing every day behind the plate.
"We feel as good as we can be with the glut of injuries that we had to key players, and you are talking about your middle-of-the-lineup bats that are out," Rizzo said. "We feel as good as we can. ... When you lose two middle-of-the-lineup bats, we feel good about the roster."