Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is expected to get a few more starts in the Minor Leagues before being activated from the disabled list, according to Johnson. Wang has been on the DL since July 3 with a right hip strain.
Wang was going to pitch in a simulated game on Thursday at Nationals Park, but that was postponed because he pitched for Double-A Harrisburg and allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings that same day in a 4-1 loss to Akron.
Besides Jayson Werth, Johnson will consider Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper as leadoff hitters. Johnson also said Desmond will remain in the middle of the order.
Johnson said Harper will not start Saturday's game against Mets left-hander Jon Niese. Tyler Moore will get the start in left field, while Jayson Werth will start in center. Harper, according to Johnson, was not happy with the move. It's simply a day off, and Johnson wants to give Moore some at-bats.
Nationals Minor League catcher Michael Albaladejo has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine. The suspension of Albaladejo, who is currently on the roster of the Gulf Coast League Nationals, is effective immediately.
Albaladejo is the third member of the Nationals to be suspended following violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Last June, Triple-A Syracuse right-hander Josh Wilkie was suspended for 50 games because of use of "a drug of abuse." Wilkie is best known for getting a tryout with the Nationals with the help from former outfielder Jose Guillen. Wilkie ended up signing a free-agent contract with the team in 2006.
This offseason, right-handed pitcher Zechry Zinicola received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a "drug of abuse."
When reached by phone this winter, Zinicola said the positive test result may have come from his use of synthetic marijuana. Zinicola already served his suspension.