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Guzman, Norris to have surgery

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman will have his right shoulder scoped on Thursday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Guzman has been hampered by shoulder problems for over a month. Guzman said the shoulder grew worse when he twice threw to home plate against the Dodgers on Sept. 24. 
Guzman did not the play shortstop for the rest of the season and was regulated to pinch-hitting duties.

Once he is healthy, Guzman more than likely will be the everyday second baseman. His career as a shortstop with Washington is over. The team feels he doesn’t have enough range to play the position.     

In other news, catcher Derek Norris fractured his left hamate bone while working out in the Instructional League. He will have surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore to remove the fractured hamate bone Thursday.

He is expected to be able to resume baseball activities in December. Norris was the Nationals’ Minor League Player of the Year this past season.  

Guzman not sure he will play second base

Shortstop Cristian Guzman is still not sure if he wants to play second base in 2010. He has talked to agent, Stanley King, about the situation, but will not talk about his plans until after the season. 

“Right now, I don’t know yet,” Guzman said on Monday.

It was learned on Sept. 10 that general manager Mike Rizzo and interim manager Jim Riggleman had a private meeting with Guzman and asked him to switch to second base for the 2010 season.

Guzman, who did not give Rizzo and Riggleman an answer, was in shock and told them he never played second base in his life. The only other position Guzman has played other than shortstop was in the 2008 All-Star Game when he played third base for the National League team.

The Nationals feel that Guzman will prolong his career if he makes the switch and no longer has the range to play the shortstop.   

If Guzman agrees to the switch, that means the Nationals most likely will look for a shortstop during the offseason. The Nationals are debating if Ian Desmond can get the job done at short. There is a positive feeling that he can.     

Guzman may not have a choice but switch to second because he is expected to have an MRI after the season. He has a ailing right shoulder, which has bothered him for a month. Guzman said the shoulder grew worse when he twice threw to home plate against the Dodgers last Thursday.

Guzman will not the play shortstop for the rest of the season and is regulated to pinch-hitting duties.

“I kept playing and I threw to home plate against the Dodgers and my arm stretched a little bit and I felt it. I had to stop because I knew [something was wrong with the shoulder],” Guzman said. “I went to the doctor and I knew.”

Guzman, Burnett still ailing

Cristian Guzman most likely will not play shortstop the rest of the year because of a tender right shoulder. He most likely will come off the bench. Riggleman recently said that Guzman has been playing with the bad shoulder for at least a month. 

This is not the first time Guzman has had shoulder problems. He missed the entire 2006 season because of a tear inside the shoulder, an injury many believe surfaced when he was a member of the Twins.

Left-hander Sean Burnett most likely is out for the season. He still has the left thumb contusion suffered last month against the Brewers.

Burnett hurt the thumb in the seventh inning on Aug. 23 trying to field a groundball hit by Milwaukee’s Felipe Lopez.

Burnett, who never went on the DL because of the injury, believes rest will make it better.

“It’s a lingering problem and  it hasn’t gotten any better since I got hit ,” Burnett said recently. “It wasn’t that hard of a hit ball. It’s just something that didn’t get any better. At times it has gotten worse. It just hasn’t come along like I thought it would, but I’ve been going out there as much as possible.”   

Guzman takes day off Thursday

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman made two throwing errors in the ninth inning Wednesday and we now know what the problem is. According to interim manager Jim Riggleman, Guzman has a tender right shoulder and will get the day off Thursday.

Riggleman said that Guzman has been playing with the bad shoulder for at least a month.  This is not the first time Guzman has had shoulder problems. He missed the entire 2006 season because of a tear inside the shoulder, an injury many believe surfaced when he was a member of the Twins.

Entering Thursday’s action, Guzman is hitting .285 with six home runs and 50 RBIs.                    

Riggleman, Rizzo confirm meeting with Guzman

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and interim manager Jim Riggleman said that Cristian Guzman is their shortstop for 2009, but have not ruled out switching him to second base for next season.

It was revealed by MLB.com on Thursday that Rizzo and Riggleman had a private meeting with Guzman and asked him to switch to second base for the 2010 season.

Guzman, who did not give Rizzo and Riggleman an answer, was in shock and told them he never played second base in his life. The only other position Guzman has played other than shortstop was in the 2008 All-Star Game when he played third base for the National League team.

“We talked with Guzman about that and what I foresee happening and what Mike Rizzo foresees happening is that some move will probably be made for the good of the ballclub,” Riggleman said. “We came in last place. We’ve had a struggling year. We can’t just say, we’re in good shape, let’s go get ‘em

“We’ve got to try to improve and one of the things we’ve identified is that we need one more middle infielder. … If that middle infielder is a second baseman, then Guzman is a shortstop. If that middle infielder is a shortstop, then we need to see if we can make Guzman a second baseman because that’s a pretty good bat. We’ve got to keep our options open.”

Rizzo, who feels Guzman could prolong his career if he moves to second base, is looking for a defensive-oriented middle infielder.

“I’m looking more toward a really good defensive-oriented middle infielder because it helps our pitching staff,” Rizzo said. “I’m not going to rule out an offensive second baseman or shortstop because we don’t want to close any doors but what [are] looking for is a defensive guy, so we’re much stronger up the middle.”

Washington has been concerned about Guzman’s defense almost all season. They have been alarmed that Guzman is having problems going to his left on groundballs.

David Villavicencio contributed to this report.

Nats ask Guzman to play second base in 2010

The Nationals may not be looking to sign a free agent like second baseman Orlando Hudson this offseason.

It was learned that general manager Mike Rizzo and interim manager Jim Riggleman had a private meeting with shortstop Cristian Guzman on Thursday afternoon and asked him to switch to second base for the 2010 season.

Guzman, who did not give Rizzo and Riggleman an answer, was in shock and told them he never played second base in his life. The only other position Guzman has played other than shortstop was in the 2008 All-Star Game when he played third base for the National League team.

If Guzman agrees to the switch, that means the Nationals most likely will look for a shortstop during the offseason.

Will Ian Desmond get that chance to become the everyday shortstop? It’s hard to tell, but he got off to a quick start on Thursday night by going 2-for-4 and driving in four runs in his Major League debut against the Phillies.

Washington has been concerned about Guzman’s defense almost all season. They have been alarmed that Guzman is having problems going to his left on groundballs.

In the past, Riggleman believed that a foot injury has hampered Guzman’s ability to go to his left, but no one knows how Riggleman feels now because he was not available for comment.

Both Rizzo and Guzman declined to talk about the possible move to second.  

Nats thinking about moving Guzman to second base

After the season is over, the Nationals are going to try to improve their middle infield defense. They would love to get second baseman Orlando Hudson if he becomes a free agent.

But the Nationals have a Plan B if they can’t get Hudson. The team is seriously thinking about moving Cristian Guzman from shortstop to second base and then try to find a defensive-oriented shortstop. Prospect Ian Desmond is a possibility to play shortstop in 2010.

Washington has been concerned about Guzman’s defense almost all season. They have been alarmed that Guzman is having a problems going to his left on groundballs.
Interim manager Jim Riggleman believes a foot injury has hampered his ability to go to his left.

“Looking back on it, I think that the problem that he has had with his foot has probably been there longer than [what we thought],” Riggleman said. “I think he has played with some discomfort. … I have to admire him. He has played through it.”        

Cristian Guzman cleared waivers, will not be traded

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman has cleared waivers and will not be traded to the Red Sox, according to a baseball source.

According to the Boston Globe on Sunday, the Red Sox may have put in the claim for Guzman’s services. Boston is in need of a shortstop, as Jed Lowrie went on the disabled list on Saturday with a left wrist injury.

But the source said the Nationals have no intentions of trading Guzman. In fact, Washington was upset that the story on Guzman even came out.

“Guzman was on eggshells for two days asking [acting general manager Mike Rizzo] whether or not he was going to be traded,” the source said. “That story should have never came out.”

Rizzo was not available for comment. 

Guzman is one of the hottest hitters on the Nationals. He is on a 15-game hitting streak, going 29-for-63 [.547] with two home runs and 16 RBIs. For the season, Guzman is hitting .317 with five home runs and 40 RBIs.  

Early in the season, the Nationals were unhappy with Guzman’s defense, claiming that he had problems going to his left. But interim manager Jim Riggleman considers Guzman the team’s most improved player on defense since the All-Star break.

“I think Guzman has played real well the last month. Defensively, I don’t remember an error he has made,” Riggleman said. 

 

Guzman scratched; Bernadina's ankle still sore

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman was scratched from Friday’s lineup because of bunions on his feet. So manager Jim Riggleman put Alberto Gonzalez at shortstop and Willie Harris at second base against the Cubs.    

It’s not the first time Guzman has had foot problems. He missed an exhibition game during Spring Training because of athlete’s foot.  

“He said it’s something that crops up every year. It was really sore today,” Riggleman said about Guzman. “He thinks he might be OK tomorrow or the next day, whichever. It’s basically day to day. It’s too tender to do much on him today.”

Guzman was not available for comment.

In other news, outfielder Roger Bernadina continues to recover from his fractured right ankle. While he is able to walk on the ankle, Bernadina continues to have problems running and doing outfield drills. He acknowledged that ankle is still sore.

Bernadina hurt the ankle on April 18 after making a great catch in center field against the Marlins.                   

Nats' Acta defends Guzman

Entering Saturday’s action, Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman is hitting .304 with three home runs with 23 RBIs. However, he is in a 6-for-47 [.128] slump and his defense has been shaky.

In fact, the Nationals are looking for a new shortstop because they have been alarmed that Guzman is having a hard time going to his left when trying to field a ground ball.

Manager Manny Acta is one guy who defended Guzman by saying one can’t expect Guzman to get the job done every night.

“I see a human being,” Acta said. “In the course of 162 games, every player is going to go through a tough time. He is going through a slump right now. The same thing happened to Ryan Zimmerman.

“It’s a long season. Every one of these guys are going to go through a tough time — offensively and defensively. They are human. That’s why we have to have the patience. It’s very difficult for every one of these guys to be on top of their game for 162 games of the baseball season.”           

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