LOS ANGELES -- Manager Davey Johnson would like to see some of his hitters get going at the plate. So he decided to start catcher Kurt Suzuki for the second straight game. Entering Monday's action, Suzuki was hitting .243 with two home runs and nine RBIs.
Johnson is planning to play Wilson Ramos in consecutive games sometime this week. Suzuki and Ramos were playing every other day because Johnson didn't want to put any added pressure on Ramos, who was recovering from knee surgery. Ramos is also off to a slow start, hitting .233 with two home runs and six RBIs.
"It's a difficult situation, just trying to get some guys more in the swing of things," Johnson said. "There is a certain rhythm that you get into as an everyday player and those guys are used to playing every day. So I'm going to get some semblance of that. They are both catching very well."
No word on possible discipline for Suzuki
LOS ANGELES -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson and catcher Kurt Suzuki have not heard from Major League Baseball regarding Suzuki's ejection from Sunday afternoon's game against the Cubs. The mild-mannered Suzuki argued for several seconds with home-plate umpire John Tumpane after Suzuki struck out looking. Suzuki thought the ball was on the outside part of the plate.
"I don't think there will be much to that," Johnson said. "[Tumpane] had a generous strike zone. Frustrations comes out with those."
According to Johnson, Tumpane had a wide strike zone and felt that Suzuki should have been more aggressive at the plate.
In retrospect, Suzuki felt he should have swung at the pitch.
"It was a pretty big spot in the game. It wasn't just a call to put you in the hole. It was a cause to get you out. That's what made me a little bit angry," Suzuki said Monday. "It is what it is. You have to move on, forget about it. I haven't really thought about it. I'm getting ready to play today."
• Right fielder Jayson Werth most likely will have a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac this week before joining the big league club this weekend in San Diego. Werth is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.
Werth is on the disabled list because of a slight right hamstring strain, which he hurt against the Braves last month.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.