Mets' Castillo ejected in second inning

WASHINGTON -- Mets second baseman Luis Castillo has been ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night's game at Washington for arguing a close forceout play.

With one out and Josh Willingham on first, Ronnie Belliard chopped a grounder down the third-base line to David Wright, who tried to throw to second for a force. The ball arrived to Castillo the same time Willingham reached the base, then trickled out of Castillo's glove.

Second base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called Willingham safe as Castillo held the ball up for him to see. When Mets manager Jerry Manuel trotted onto the field to dispute the call, Wendelstedt tossed Castillo.

Fernando Tatis took over for Castillo at second base.

The Mets were already playing without Alex Cora (sore thumb) and Gary Sheffield (hamstring).