In the Washington Nationals' dugout Saturday morning, manager Davey Johnson explained his contingency plans at shortstop. If Ian Desmond suffered any kind of long-term injury, he said, Danny Espinosa would become the regular shortstop. If Desmond simply required a day off, he would keep Espinosa at second. And short?
"I'd play Lombo there," Johnson said.
A reporter playfully reminded Johnson that he had been saying Steve Lombardozzi had not been assured a spot on the team yet.
"You guys are sneaky," Johnson replied.
Not that we needed any more evidence, but it seems more and more certain that Lombardozzi, an Atholton High alum, will head north...