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Willingham slowly getting over viral infection

Nationals left fielder Josh Willingham said on Wednesday afternoon he was unable to play this week because of a viral infection. 

Willingham said he started getting sick after Sunday’s game against the Phillies, but felt worse when he woke up the next morning.  

“It’s running its course. I feel a little bit better. I don’t know when I’m going to play. There’s a lot of weakness and soreness in the muscles,” he said.    

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' Willingham avoids arbitration

Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year $2.95 million contract.

Willingham is expected to report to Spring Training on Thursday and battle for a spot in the outfield. 

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to have his arbitration hearing on Friday. He is asking for $3.9 million, while Washington is countering with $2.75 million. 

Willingham going to Phoenix; Zim's date tentatively set

Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on Wednesday. He reported to Nationals camp on Monday and flew to Phoenix the next day.

Willingham, who came with left-hander Scott Olsen to Washington in a trade that sent Emilio Bonifacio to the Marlins, asked for $3.6 million, while the team countered with $2.55 million.

As for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, his arbitration hearing is tentatively scheduled for Saturday. He is asking for $3.9 million, while Washington is countering with $2.75 million.