Injury updates, the lineup -- and Casto optioned
Kind of a slow, groggy morning around here. Coaching staff and some others did double duty yesterday with the day-night, home-away split. But there are some injury updates.
* Ryan Zimmerman will not play today or tomorrow with lingering soreness in his right hip flexor suffered Tuesday in Atlanta. Manny Acta said the problem is not getting worse, and that he's just being cautious. "It's playable," Acta said. "We don't want to take any chances." I would guess we'd see him Monday against the Mets.
* Lastings Milledge stubbed his toe making a running catch againt the center field wall Thursday night. He stayed in that game, but was scratched from yesterday's trip. "All he needed was like a day off, and I'm going to give him a couple," Acta said.
* Elijah Dukes's hamstring is going to keep him out for the weekend. Acta will try to get him in there on Monday.
* There was some confusion about the plan for Paul Lo Duca. As I put in the notebook this morning, he's going to catch three innings, but in the minor league intrasquad game today. They'll stretch him out there to about five innings in the next couple days, depending on how he feels, before getting him into a Grapefruit League game. Acta called it a "controllable environment," so they can get him as many at-bats or innings as they see fit.
* Johnny Estrada: "Johnny's plugging along," Acta said. I asked, however, if by this point it would be a longshot for Estrada to be ready for the opener. "I would think so," Acta said. So there's going to have to be some juggling at catcher.
* Also, Kory Casto was just optioned to Class AAA Columbus. I actually went back and looked at the last time I wrote his name in the paper, and it was in January. He's a great kid, but the depth in the organization -- as well as his difficult last season -- have moved him down the chart. It'll be interesting to see what position he plays down there. My guess is third base and a little outfield.
Lineup against the Dodgers:
Cristian Guzman -- 6
Bret Boone -- 4
Dmitri Young -- DH
Austin Kearns -- 9
Alex Escobar -- 7
Pete Orr -- 5
Matt Whitney -- 3
Jesus Flores -- 2
Willie Harris -- 8
And on the mound, making his debut in a real game this spring, veteran left-hander Odalis Perez.
Oh, and Acta said Bergmann pitched well last night but was victimized by poor defense. It was raining the entire game, which I'm sure didn't help.
And, finally, my season-ticket group is holding its draft at noon today at the Champps sports bar in Pentagon City. I obviously won't be there, but have entrusted the drafting to a close buddy, who has been provided with a clear priority chart. If you're watching hoops over at Champps today, give the large group with all the beers hell, please.
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