By Chico Harlan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 27, 2008
The Washington Nationals yesterday filled one spot in their pitching rotation and opened another, reinstating left-hander Odalis Pérez from the 15-day disabled list and sending right-hander Shawn Hill to the 15-day disabled list. Pérez, who hasn't pitched since June 3 because of shoulder tendinitis, will start tonight's game against Baltimore.
But the Nationals will need to find another pitcher to take Hill's spot. Hill was scheduled to pitch Monday's game -- at least before a three-inning, eight-run performance Tuesday prompted an examination of Hill's troubled right forearm at the Mayo Clinic. There, doctors found no structural damage, but recommended a program of rest and rehabilitation.
The most likely replacement for Hill, Class AAA Columbus right-hander Tyler Clippard, has gotten major league experience this month in part by filling in for Pérez. In his last start with Washington, against Seattle on June 14, Clippard allowed two runs in six innings.
Clippard last started for the Clippers on Wednesday, meaning he could pitch Monday on four days' rest.Report: Guzmán Has a Deal
Finally living up to the standards that earned him his first contract with the Washington Nationals, shortstop Cristian Guzmán now might have the chance to stay with the team longer.
According to a report on Nationals.com, the team has given Guzmán, in the final year of a four-year, $16.8 million deal, a two-year deal for an unknown amount. Washington's interest in re-signing their shortstop indicates Guzmán's drastic turnaround. Signed before the 2004 season, Guzmán missed all of 2006 with a shoulder injury. Much of 2007 was lost to hamstring and thumb injuries.
But this year -- helped by a Lasik procedure that improved his eyesight -- Guzmán, 30, is batting .311. Manager Manny Acta believes he's the team's likely all-star representative. He leads the National League with 106 hits.
Agent Stanley King said yesterday by e-mail that Guzmán "feels his contract situation will work itself out over time."
General Manager Jim Bowden declined comment.