The late-game Adam Dunn dilemma
If the Nationals are leading late in a game, Adam Dunn and his -25.0 UZR/150 lurking over at first base will not be a comforting thought. The Nationals believe Dunn will be an adequate first baseman in due time, but the irregular playing time spring training promotes has not yet allowed him to settle into his new position.
Because of that, the Nationals may use a defensive replacement for Dunn early in the season. If they do, Manager Jim Riggleman said, they hope it will be only a temporary procedure.
"If we had a lead tomorrow, I probably would substitute for him late," Riggleman said. "But that's the goal, is to get to the point where we don't do that. There's examples all over baseball where there are some big-time players who are maybe not as good as somebody who could replace them. They do stay on the field. It's kind of hard to put in words, but you like your big guys, your big-time players, you like them to finish the game on the field rather than be replaced."
Riggleman has a laundry list of potential late-game candidates in mind at first, and the possibilities depend on the composition of the 25-man. Mike Morse, Adam Kennedy, Josh Willingham, Willie Harris, whichever player becomes the utility infielder, likely Eric Bruntlett, could all play first.
Kennedy would be an interesting choice, because he would have to move over from second base and the utility infielder would enter and play second. Kennedy has started two games at first base in his career and played in four.
In another piece of defensive news, Cristian Guzman will play consecutive games at shortstop Friday and Saturday. It'll be his first back-to-back action and serve as a gauge for how his shoulder is coming along.
March 25, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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