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Is Ronnie Belliard retiring?

Nationals second baseman Ronnie Belliard will not see much action on the field for a while. In fact, since June 10, Belliard has two at-bats.

Manager Manny Acta went so far as to say that Anderson Hernandez and Alberto Gonzalez would get the bulk of the playing time at the position.

“Hernandez and Gonzalez are playing very well,” Acta said. “It’s our responsibility to not only play the guys who are playing well, but also the guys who are going to be part of our future.”

When MLB.com spoke to him about what Acta said about his limited playing time, Belliard,34, took the news like a professional.

“They decide who plays and they decide who don’t,” Belliard said. “It’s not my fault. They go with the young guys — hey  — I don’t make the lineup.”      

Belliard, who is in the last year of his contract, wasn’t sure about his future in baseball. He has already announced that this offseason will be his last playing for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League. Belliard said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Asked if 2009 was his last playing Major League Baseball, Belliard said, “I don’t know yet. Let’s see what happens.”

Belliard is hitting .171 with two home runs and seven RBIs this season.

Belliard late for work, scratched from lineup

Nationals second baseman Ronnie Belliard was scheduled to bat sixth and play second base on Saturday against the Cardinals, but he was scratched because he was late for work.

Belliard wasn’t on time because he overslept. However, manager Manny Acta said he will not hold it against Belliard because the latter has been a solid citizen the last two-plus years in Washington.

“Rules are Rules,” Acta said. “He was apologetic about it. He has gone through what everybody else has gone through, but no hard feelings because he has been a solid citizen on and off the field for us.” 

This is the second time a Nationals player has been tardy this season. On April 18, right fielder Elijah Dukes was scratched from the starting lineup against the Marlins and fined $500 for being five minutes late for work.

Dukes was late because he was signing autographs at a Little League function that was not sponsored by the Nationals. 

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.            

Anderson Hernandez going on DL

Nationals second baseman Anderson Hernandez will start the 2009 season on the disabled list, retroactive to March 27, because of a strained left hamstring. 

Hernandez was able to take groundballs at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday morning, but he still felt tightness in the leg. He will stay in Viera, Fla., to rehab the hamstring.

Hernandez strained his left hamstring running to first base in the sixth inning against the Braves last Wednesday. About two minutes later, he had to be helped off the field. Manager Manny Acta said the injury could have been more serious if Hernandez continued to use the leg after feeling the initial pain, but the second baseman was seen hopping on his right leg.

With Anderson going on the DL, it means Ronnie Belliard will be the starting second baseman against the Marlins on April 6. Alberto Gonzalez will also make the team as a backup infielder.

The Nationals are still planning to carry an extra position player because they are carrying only four starting pitchers. The team could carry three catchers or another infielder such as Kory Casto or Alex Cintron.                       

Ronnie Bellaird is hurt

Nationals second baseman Ronnie Belliard left Wednesday’s game against the Marlins in the top of the fourth inning because of a left ankle injury.

With Josh Willingham on first base, Belliard hit a groundball to Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who threw to shortstop Robert Andino for the force out. Belliard was safe at first, but a few steps after toughing first, Belliard turned his ankle and feel to the ground. Belliard had to be helped off the field.

Jose Castillo pinch-ran for Belliard in the same inning. 

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