-- Nationals right fielder Jose Guillen, the center of so much action during Washington's three-game trip to Anaheim, was out of the starting lineup for Friday night's game at the Texas Rangers because he woke up feeling ill, he said.

"For me to not be playing today," he said, "I must not be feeling good."

Guillen said he had been "throwing up all day" and that his absence from the lineup had nothing to do with his actions in Anaheim, where he became enraged during Tuesday night's benches-clearing fracas, then lambasted his former manager, Mike Scioscia, following Wednesday night's season finale, likening Scioscia to a "piece of garbage."

With left-hander Kenny Rogers pitching for Texas, Manager Frank Robinson used Tony Blanco, who hits right-handed, rather than the left-handed hitting Ryan Church. Church, too, is hampered by an injury to the small toe on his right foot, where he was hit by a pitch on Tuesday, and also has a groin injury.

"I could play," Church said. "I'm just a little beat up."

Blanco entered Friday with only 35 at-bats. He is on the roster because he was selected in December's Rule 5 draft, and if the Nationals tried to send him to the minors, he would have to first be offered back to his former club, the Cincinnati Reds.

Day Rejoins Club

Right-hander Zach Day, on the disabled list because of a fractured right arm, rejoined the club and will begin throwing in the bullpen soon. Day, who questioned Robinson's confidence in him and said he would welcome a trade, reiterated Friday that he wanted to start, but said he understood he couldn't make that demand on a club with the second-best record in the National League. "If they need me here, and they need me in the bullpen, I'll do it," Day said. "This team's winning. I'm not going to say I should be doing this or that." . . .

Right-hander Ryan Drese, fresh off an eight-inning, two-hit performance in his Nationals debut during Wednesday's 1-0 victory in Anaheim, returned to Texas, which released him recently. "It's their prerogative, their decision," he said of the Rangers, for whom he was 4-6 with a 6.46 ERA.