Washington Nationals Manager Frank Robinson said Thursday he would have liked right fielder Jose Guillen to use more restraint after he was called out on strikes in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the New York Mets. The league office is reviewing the incident, in which Guillen was ejected and threw bats and other equipment on the field, and there is a possibility Guillen will be fined or even suspended.
"You'd like to see him a little bit more in control," Robinson said, "and understand, especially in this situation, the importance of having everybody available here and not being without one of your better players for any type of time, even if it's one game."
Guillen was out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets at least in part because he slightly strained his left hamstring after hitting a single on Wednesday night. He said he was "50-50" for Friday's game in San Diego, "which is good for me. I'll be in there."
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for on-field operations, said he is awaiting videos of both the Guillen incident and Robinson's ejection from Tuesday night, an event in which Robinson argued with the umpiring crew for roughly five minutes.
"I hope to have the video by the weekend," Watson said. "We'll see."
Wilson Takes an Earful
Robinson was livid with outfielder Preston Wilson in the 10th inning of Thursday's 6-5 victory over the Mets. Wilson, who went 4 for 5, singled to right, sending Nick Johnson to third. Wilson said he wanted to round first widely because Johnson isn't a fast runner, and Wilson wanted the middle infielders to cut off the throw. But Wilson went too far, and was thrown out.
Robinson disagreed, and bellowed at Wilson in the dugout.
"I don't buy excuses very easily," Robinson said. "There are certain things you don't expect from your players."
Wilson dismissed the argument.
"That's the good thing, when you have two people who respect each other," Wilson said. "You can have your opinion and say what you want to say, and then be done with it." . . .
Closer Chad Cordero, who leads the majors with 46 saves, said he could have pitched Thursday, but Gary Majewski got the chance and posted his second big league save.