Nationals right fielder Jose Guillen was suspended for one game Friday for throwing bats and other equipment onto the field from the dugout during Washington's game Sept. 14 against the Mets in New York. Guillen is appealing the suspension, and he was in the lineup last night against the Mets at RFK Stadium.

Guillen was ejected in the top of the fifth inning of the Nationals' 6-3 victory for arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Bill Miller. Guillen yelled at Miller from the dugout, and Miller tossed him. Guillen then threw his helmet onto the field, then flung out four bats. He also threw batting gloves and a shin guard.

"I was wrong for throwing the bats," Guillen said. "But I was not wrong for the call."

Guillen was also fined $1,500, but said he would not appeal the fine.

"Fifteen hundred?" Guillen said. "I don't know how many fifteen hundreds I've given away. It would be much better just to be fined and not to get a suspension."

Guillen could drop the appeal and serve the suspension at any time, something that is a possibility with only eight games remaining in the season. Guillen is in a massive slump, hitting just .148 and slugging .197 in September.

Surgery Set for Armas

Right-hander Tony Armas Jr., who hasn't pitched since Sept. 1 because of shoulder inflammation, will have arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder on Wednesday in Cincinnati, where it will be performed by Timothy Kremchek, the Reds physician who serves as a consultant for the Nationals. Armas, who is on the 60-day disabled list, went 7-7 with a 4.97 ERA in 19 starts this year, but is a free agent, and likely won't return to Washington. He has been injured in each of the last three years.

It appears the Nationals are prepared to finish the season with a four-man rotation. Livan Hernandez and John Patterson will pitch the final two games of the Mets series on just three days' rest, and Robinson said Hector Carrasco will make his fourth start of the season on Monday, when the team begins its last road trip of the year with three games at Florida.