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Aaron Judge (R) Headshot

Manager Joe Girardi said after Sunday's game that he plans to keep Judge in the No. 3 spot in the batting order, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Judge's line through 35 second-half games is a far cry from what he did prior to the All-Star break, but the 25-year-old has been adamant that he's healthy. While Judge did have his left shoulder heavily wrapped following Sunday's game, he said twice that the shoulder "doesn't bother me at all," and Girardi said he thinks the struggles stem from mechanical issues rather than an injury. Judge has struck out in 37 consecutive games and 62 times in total over his last 160 plate appearances.
2:36 pm (EST)
Zack Cozart (R) Headshot

Cozart (shin) is batting second and playing shortstop Tuesday against the Cubs.

Cozart, who missed a pair of games over the weekend after being hit by a pitch in the shin Friday, is back in action following Monday's off day. The 32-year-old, who is slashing .313/.404/.578 with 17 homers through 88 games, will look to continue his breakout campaign as he faces John Lackey in his return to the lineup.
2:34 pm (EST)
Edgar Santana (R) Headshot

Santana is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis ahead of Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates burned through five relievers in Monday's 12-inning loss in the series opener, so the addition of Santana will provide further reinforcement to a taxed bullpen. The 25-year-old has previously made nine appearances with the big club this season, serving up five runs and recording 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings.
2:32 pm (EST)
Trea Turner (R) Headshot

Turner (wrist) played five innings at shortstop and went 0-for-3 at the plate in his first rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

After being moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier this month, Turner won't be eligible for activation until Aug. 29, so it's expected that he'll remain with Syracuse for at least the next week. Unsurprisingly, Turner was eased back into action in his first game action since June 29, when he fractured his right wrist after being hit by a pitch. Turner should eventually play full games with Syracuse on back-to-back games before the rehab assignment comes to an end, at which point the Nationals will reinsert him back into the lineup in an everyday role at shortstop or center field.
2:23 pm (EST)
Jayson Werth (R) Headshot

Werth (toe) went 1-for-3 while playing five innings in left field in his first rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

Werth singled his first at-bat and then flied out and lined out in his subsequent two plate appearances before heading to the bench in the top of the sixth inning. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com, it's expected that Werth will stick with Syracuse through at least early next week, at which point the Nationals will assess the progress he's made in his recovery from the small fracture and bone bruise on his left foot. Once he's activated from the 60-day disabled list, Werth should settle back into an everyday role in left field.
2:19 pm (EST)
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