Johnson riding hot hand with Gomes in left field

Johnson riding hot hand with Gomes in left field

CHICAGO -- Manager Davey Johnson said that he is going with Jonny Gomes as his starting left fielder for the time being.

Entering Wednesday's action against the Cubs, Gomes was 8-for-25 (.320) with two home runs and four RBIs since joining the Nationals, including a two-run shot in the sixth inning of Washington's 3-1 win over Chicago on Tuesday. Not bad considering he was hitting .211 before the trade. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, however, in the 4-2 loss.

When he joined the Nationals, Gomes was platooning with Laynce Nix in left field, but Nix suffered the flu and still has problems with his right Achilles.

In fact, Nix entered Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and grounded out before limping back into the dugout.

Asked if his Achilles was getting better, Nix said, "It's hard to tell. I haven't played in a few days. Hopefully, it will loosen up tomorrow."

Nix said he expects to play in Thursday's series finale against the Cubs.