Guzman goes home to be with wife

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman has returned to Washington D.C. to be with his wife, who is expecting a baby girl any day. It’s not known how long Guzman will be away from the team.  

“I think it’s induced labor so I think it’s not like he’s going to get there and have to all of a sudden wait for four more days,” Riggleman said. 

Guzman has played in three exhibition games and is 2-for-10 with an RBI. He has played two games at short, but hasn’t been challenged in terms of his throwing ability. Guzman, who had shoulder surgery during the offseason, admitted Sunday that he still needed to build arm strength. 

Riggleman believes Guzman is still tentative when it comes to airing out his throws.
“He’s throwing fine in the drills and all, but just a little tentative,” Riggleman said. “I think he’s a little concerned to really air it out yet. He really hasn’t had any plays where he’s had to air it out. I think Guzzie  wants to play, and he is playing. He said, ‘Oh, I’m fine, I’m fine.’ but my guess is he’s probably at about 90 percent.”

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