• Washington said A.J. Pierzynski's day off on Monday was just that, and not related to his four-strikeout afternoon on Sunday or his sore right oblique.
"He was cool with it," Washington said of Pierzynski. "Whether he had a choice of not, he was cool with it."
• Outfielder David Murphy was back in Monday's lineup after dealing with a stomach virus this weekend. He was better on Sunday after dealing with the 24-hour bug -- he had a pinch-hit single in the series finale against the Red Sox -- but still came to the park late and left early to stay away from other players. Monday, he was in the clubhouse early with his teammates.
"He felt better [Sunday]," Washington said. "He was able to go out there and perform and hopefully today he's feeling even better. The cool weather should be fine. The cool weather should keep his energy up a little bit."
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.& This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.