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Willingham, Kearns continue to split time in outfield

Nationals sluggers Josh Willingham and Austin Kearns have been battling for playing time in the outfield all season. So far, it looks like Willingham is winning the battle — at least for the month of May. 

Willingham has started eight-straight games in left field and is hitting .260 with five home runs and seven RBIs this month.

Kearns missed time because of a left hand injury, but once he recovered, Kearns has remained on the bench. Kearns has a .190 batting average with four RBIs during the month of May.

In the meantime, manager Manny Acta has yet to decide who will play every day between the two players.

“Don’t try to make a story out of this,” Acta said. “We are going to continue to give both guys playing time. Until one of those guys takes off and makes me put him in the lineup every single day, they are going to split time.”   

Nats' Flores on shelf

Catcher Jesus Flores had an MRI on his right elbow on Monday and it was revealed that he has a mild strain. Flores will not be involved in baseball activities for the next four to five days.

Flores was scheduled to start against the Orioles on Sunday, but was a last-minute scratch.

“We are going to give him some medication and nip it early in camp,” Manager Manny Acta said.

Outfielder Austin Kearns hasn’t played an exhibition game since last Wednesday against the Astros because of blister on his left palm. But Acta said Kearns’ hand is getting better and the latter was able to grip a bat on Tuesday and is close to being in involved in baseball activities.

In other news, there is still no sign on right-hander Jorge Sosa, who is still having visa problems.    

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