PHILADELPHIA — When making out his lineup card the majority of this season, Jim Riggleman never had to give thought to who he would pencil in as his left fielder or No. 5 hitter. Josh Willingham's name might as well have been written in permanent ink.
But with Willingham now out for the season with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee, the Nationals manager is left trying to fill a significant void, both in the lineup and in the field.
There's no one player on the Nats' roster capable of taking over Willingham's duties full-time, so Riggleman is forced to mix-and-match with a handful of others, hoping he can find a combination that helps offset the loss as much as possible.
"It's going to be evolving as to how that works itself out," Riggleman said before tonight's series opener against the Phillies.
For the full story, including Roger Bernadina's thoughts on playing left field for the first time in a long time, go to CSNwashington.com.