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Depth at catcher, Cristian Guzman in the infield

Claimed yesterday by the Nationals, Chris Coste traveled to Jupiter (town, not planet) and he should play this afternoon. The Mets waived Coste, who became the victim of a numbers crunch at catcher.

"I haven't had a chance to communicate with the Nationals too much about what the opportunity is going to be," Coste said. "Whatever it is, it's going to be better than it was yesterday with the Mets. Whatever it is, it's going to be positive. It's nice when you go to a new team when it's a team you're familiar with. You at least have an idea of who the pitching staff is."

Barring injury, Coste will start the season with Class AAA Syracuse. He played 88 major league games last year and called going back to the minors at 37 "disappointing," but also said he would gladly accept the assignment.

The Nationals, Coste said "came within an inch" of signing him before the Mets came in with a better offer. The Nationals had more reason to sign Coste now. Jamie Burke, their expected Syracuse catcher, is recovering from a torn meniscus. Jesus Flores is still in a "resting mode" with his rehabbing shoulder and has not yet started throwing again.

The lack of depth at catcher has caused Wil Nieves and Ivan Rodriguez to catch 18 and 13 games this spring, respectively, a heavy spring workload by catchers' standards.

One other note: Cristian Guzman is starting at shortstop today, but Jim Riggleman plans to play Guzman for three innings today at second base. Tomorrow, Riggleman said, Guzman will start at shortstop second base. Guzman may also be a candidate to replace Adam Dunn at first base in late innings during the season, Riggleman said. ... Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Kennedy and Ivan Rodriguez won't come back to Jupiter tomorrow to face the Cardinals.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 30, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
 
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Somehow, I can't visualize the Coste Guard (dressed as lifeguards) at Nats Park. A Tony Plush Champaign Room in center, yeah, that I can see.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Or even Champagne.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

too much time in Decatur...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 30, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

..."Tomorrow, Riggleman said, Guzman will start at shortstop. ..."

Did you mean 2B? I think I read in that other proof read blog that Guzman would start at 2b tomrrow ????

Posted by: natbiscuits | March 30, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Guzman may also be a candidate to replace Adam Dunn at first base in late innings during the season"

That's depressing.

Posted by: dclifer97 | March 30, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

That's depressing.

Posted by: dclifer97 | March 30, 2010 2:11 PM

Any more so than Ronnie Belliard at 1B?

Posted by: Kev29 | March 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Why is it depressing to replace a no-hands slugger with a superior fielder at 1B in the late innings with a possibly-big-enough lead? i'll bet the Red Sox wish they had replaced Bill Buckner with Dave Stapleton late in one game, back in the day.

Posted by: FanaticalReader | March 30, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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