Worth noting

• Manager Davey Johnson gave shortstop Ian Desmond the day off, which was planned since early this week. Danny Espinosa made the start at shortstop on Sunday against the Padres.

• Bryce Harper missed his second straight game because of a sore left knee. He hopes to be back on the field by Monday against the Giants.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.