Results tagged ‘ Cristian Guzman ’

Acta gives opinion on All-Star representative

Manager Manny Acta said it is tough to decide which member of the Nationals should go to the All-Star Game in St. Louis this month.

Acta said the candidates are between shortstop Cristian Guzman and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Entering Saturday’s action, Guzman was hitting .321 with three home runs and 21 RBIs, while Zimmerman had a .295 batting average with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.

“I think Cristian has been our most consistent hitter the whole year and I think Zimmermann also deserves a chance to go, not only because of the 30-game hitting streak. His numbers are pretty good compared with the other third basemen,” Acta said.

There is some talk in baseball circles that left-hander John Lannan should be considered, but Acta wasn’t sure. Lannan was 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA before Saturday’s game against the Braves.

“It will be tough because they only pick so many starters,” Acta said.        

Nationals looking for shortstop

According to a baseball source, the Nationals are looking for a starting shortstop. They feel that Cristian Guzman, who is on the trade block, has lost a few steps with his glove.

The source said the Nationals are alarmed that Guzman is having a difficult time getting ground balls to his left.

The Nationals want young starting pitching in return for Guzman, who has one year left on his contract.

The team doesn’t have to acquire a shortstop — at least for the rest of the season. It can go with Alberto  Gonzalez, who is hitting .326 with a home run and 12 RBIs.         

 

Guzman finally draws walk

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman drew his first walk of the season on Monday night. It took his 122nd plate appearance to receive the free pass.

In the bottom of the fifth inning against Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, Guzman took four pitches and then clapped his hands with joy as he jogged to first base. Guzman ended up scoring on a Nick Johnson home run.
   

Updates on Cristian Guzman, Willie Harris

Infielder/outfielder Willie Harris begins his rehab assignment on Wednesday as Triple-A Syracuse face Lehigh Valley at Alliance Bank Stadium.

On Thursday, shortstop Cristian Guzman will begin playing in Extended Spring games in Florida. The Nationals Extended Spring club will play the Tigers on Thursday.

 

Cristian Guzman goes on disabled list

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman had a setback on Friday. His left hamstring felt stiff and he was placed on the 15-game disabled list, retroactive to April 14, after Friday’s game against the Marlins. Guzman suffered the left hamstring strain in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Phillies on Monday. 

Facing Phillies closer Brad Lidge to lead off the inning, Guzman singled down the right-field line. As he started running the bases, Guzman felt pain in his leg, but he kept running hard. As he reached first base, it looked like Guzman would try for second, but he stopped after the pain in his leg worsened.

“He has made a lot of progress, but he is not 100 percent. It’s too early in the year and we don’t want to take a chance on him making it worse,” manager Manny Acta said about Guzman. 
 
The team will bring up infielder Alex Cintron, who was 9-for-18 [.474] for Triple-A Syracuse. 

First baseman Dmitri Young is still at extended Spring Training in Viera, Fla. He still has some pain in his back and right hip. There is no timetable as to when he will start his rehab assignment. 

Guzman has setback; Young still in Viera

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman had a setback on Friday. His left hamstring was stiff, and the Nationals will make a decision on Saturday to determine if he will go on the disabled list. Guzman suffered a left hamstring strain in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Phillies on Monday. 

Facing Phillies closer Brad Lidge to lead off the inning, Guzman singled down the right-field line. As he started running the bases, Guzman felt pain in his leg, but he kept running hard. As he reached first base, it looked like Guzman would try for second, but he stopped after the pain in his leg worsened.

If Guzman is placed on the DL, the team most likely will bring up infielder Alex Cintron, who is 9-for-18 [.474] for Triple-A Syracuse. 

First baseman Dmitri Young is still at extended Spring Training in Viera, Fla. He still has some pain in his back and right hip. There is no timetable as to when he will start his rehab assignment.                  

Guzman, Belliard available

Nationals manager Manny Acta announced that shortstop Cristian Guzman is available for Tuesday’s game against the Phillies, but only for an emergency. Guzman is still nursing a left hamstring strain, but hopes to start sometime this weekend against the Marlins.

Guzman has been the most consistent hitter under Acta, hitting .327 in two-plus seasons. There was a time last season when Guzman was his saving grace on offense.

“He has been tremendous. He is a pro and he leads by example,” Acta said. “At times, you wish that he was a little more vocal, but he is just that way. When he is out there, he wants to play every day. He does whatever it takes to win. Ever since he had that Lasik surgery [after the 2005 season], look at his batting average: It’s way above his lifetime batting average.”

In other news, Ronnie Belliard no longer has back problems and is available to pinch hit. Belliard hasn’t played a game since April 8 because of the injury.            

Cristian Guzman is hurt

Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman left Monday’s game in the top of the third inning against the Marlins because of a cut on his left pinky toe. He is listed as day-to-day.  

There will be more on nationals.com.    

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