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Cordero: No DL -- yet

Chad Cordero said his right shoulder, in which he has tendinitis, feels a little strange after he had a cortisone shot yesterday. All of this has made for a remarkable trickle-down -- Elijah Dukes goes to the DL with a strained hamstring, but they call up Chris Schroder because Cordero is unvailable for a few days.

The plan: Cordero won't throw today or tomorrow, but will play catch Wednesday.

"Right now, it doesn't really feel bad," Cordero said. "I'm not really going to know until I throw on Wednesday, so hopefully everything will be all right."

Manager Manny Acta said Cordero will not be placed on the disabled list.

"Right now we're not even considering the DL yet," Acta said. "He's going to be examined today, and we're going to give him today off, plus we have the day off tomorrow, and then we're going to check on him on Wednesday."

The whole situation leaves Acta with a short bench. With Willie Harris now starting, Rob Mackowiak is the only outfielder remaining on the pine. That means switch-hitting Dmitri Young or Felipe Lopez would likely get pinch-hit at-bats against right-handers, because Acta can't afford to use Mackowiak (left-handed swinger). Which, overall, is probably good for the team.

If Cordero has to go to the disabled list, Acta said the team has considered recalling Justin Maxwell from Class AA Harrisburg.

"His name was brought up yesterday when we were considering all those things," Acta said. "The way he played at the end of the year last year and the way he played at spring training - and also you have to take into consideration the roster situation. He's a 40-man guy. But that wouldn't be the only reason he would be called up. We feel comfortable with this kid."

With that, I bring you lineups from Citizens Bank Park, where it's Opening Day -- the second one in 24 hours for the Nationals. (Tarp's on now, but forecast isn't for much more than drizzle.)

Washington:
Cristian Guzman -- 6
Lastings Milledge -- 8
Ryan Zimmerman -- 5
Nick Johnson -- 3
Austin Kearns -- 9
Paul Lo Duca -- 2
Ronnie Belliard -- 4
Willie Harris -- 7
Matt Chico -- 1

Philadelphia:
Jimmy Rollins -- 6
Shane Victorino -- 8
Chase Utley -- 4
Ryan Howard -- 3
Pat Burrell -- 7
Pedro Feliz -- 5
Jayson Werth -- 9
Carlos Ruiz -- 2
Brett Myers -- 1

First MASN broadcast is today. A 3:05 p.m. start.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 31, 2008; 1:03 PM ET
 
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