WASHINGTON -- Five innings into the first game of the
season, the Washington Nationals lost two starters to injuries
Monday: Shortstop Cristian Guzman strained his left hamstring and
center fielder Nook Logan hyperextended his left foot.
Manager Manny Acta indicated Guzman's injury was the more
serious -- he pulled up while running out a groundout in the fifth
inning and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
"A hammy just doesn't heal overnight," Acta said.
Guzman, who missed all of 2006 after right shoulder surgery, was
replaced in the game by Josh Wilson.
Acta said that if Guzman is out for "a long period of time,"
then Felipe Lopez would shift back from second base to shortstop -- his position until this season -- and Ronnie Belliard would play
Lopez didn't sound thrilled by the prospect of going back to
"I'm playing second. I don't want to switch. I don't want to
start all over again," Lopez said. "If I have to, if they ask me -- but right now I want to stay at second. ... I've already got my
mind set and got our game plan. I'm comfortable now."
Logan got his foot stuck in the padding when he leaped against
the wall to grab Dan Uggla's fly ball in the fourth inning. After
throwing the ball to the infield, Logan hopped along the warning
track for a bit before sitting down.
The game was delayed for about five minutes while a Nationals
trainer and Acta went out to the deepest part of the park to check
on the outfielder. Logan refused to take a ride on a cart, instead
slowly walking to the dugout with the trainer's help.
The Nationals said an X-ray showed there wasn't a break, but
that Logan would later have an MRI exam.
Ryan Church shifted from left field to center, and Chris Snelling entered in left. It's possible the Nationals will call up
outfielder-infielder Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus; he was the
last position player cut from the 25-man roster at the end of
Neither Guzman nor Logan was available for comment.
"It's almost better that it kind of happened now, instead of
maybe halfway through the season, where you can kind of put some of
these young guys out there, like [Wilson] and Snelling and maybe
Casto," Zimmerman said. "The thing about this team is this year
is going to be about getting guys ready to be good in the future."
In the eighth inning, reliever Jesus Colome was examined on the
mound by a trainer for what appeared to be a left shin problem but
he stayed in the game. Acta said Colome has a condition related to
a car accident from a few years ago, but that he's OK.