Lombardozzi continues to provide versatility

Lombardozzi continues to provide versatility

MIAMI -- Steve Lombardozzi has found a niche as a jack of all trades for the Nats.

In 37 games entering Wednesday, Lombardozzi has fielded four different positions, including six starts at second base, 13 at third and one at shortstop. Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins marked his sixth start in left field.

"He's handled it well," Nats manager Davey Johnson said. "He's got seven gloves and he does everything."

Johnson joked that Lombardozzi, who earned a Minor League Gold Glove award last season, may have to add a first baseman's glove to his collection if the Nats continue to fall victim to the injury bug. With infielder Chad Tracy likely out for the season with a tear in his groin, the Nats are down a man at first. Should anything happen to Adam LaRoche or Xavier Nady, Johnson said he would likely turn to Lombardozzi.

"It's a very tough job for a young player," Johnson said of Lombardozzi's role on the team.

While Johnson has been impressed with Lombardozzi's versatility in the field, he is also pleased with how he has developed as the team's leadoff hitter -- a role he didn't picture heading into Spring Training. Lombardozzi is hitting .313 with a .376 on-base percentage.

"I really like him and [Bryce] Harper [at the top of the order]," Johnson said. "Both of them are young players. Both of them are selective. Both are in the top three or four in on-base percentage. I like that."