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Mike Morse day-to-day with calf injury, Cristian Guzman plays right

Mike Morse said he is "day-to-day" after leaving Wednesday night's game with a sore left calf, which he hurt while catching a fly out in the seventh inning.

"It was just a cramp that wouldn't go away," Morse said after the game. "Just a little strain. It's feeling a lot better now."

The injury spoiled Morse's first start in right field, but it also allowed Cristian Guzman to play right field for the first time in his career. Guzman made one catch on an easy, shallow fly ball, and he also hit a triple on the only pitch he saw. Manager Jim Riggleman had been looking for a low-pressure situation to test Guzman, and the Nationals trailed by three runs.

"He's getting more and more comfortable out there," Riggleman said. "We hated to see Mike come out of the ball game. But it gave us a chance to Guzie an at-bat, and he's probably going to be in there tomorrow somewhere."

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 8, 2010; 12:14 AM ET
 
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jeez, if only ELIJAH DUKES were available.

This is unforgivable. Would Philly fans even come to see this? You'd think they'd want to celebrate beating a MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM, not this batch of stooges.

Posted by: Section406 | April 8, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Morse is day to day. Just like Porkie Pie was day to day two years ago and Kid Flores was day to day last year.

See you in September, Mike.

And now your starting 2010 Washington Nationals rightfielder...Cristian "E9" Guzman...

By my count Willy Tavaras wins the contest: fastest time to lose a platoon job: zero games.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 8, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

It is weird that the platoon was abandoned before it was even tried. The whole necessity to have a right fielder seems not to have really occurred to management.

Posted by: markfromark | April 8, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Well Mike, I'm glad spring training helped get you into shape. That's ok. I wouldn't to play on that team either.

Posted by: Pete433 | April 8, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

"We hated to see Mike come out of the ball game." (Riggleman)

Not me, coach.

Posted by: JohnRDC | April 8, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Morse is going to be OK.

But I see a certain potential in Guzman playing in right. Now, I was a left fielder, but it only took me a few days each Spring to get back a good feel for fly balls (which, EVERY SINGLE YEAR, I would start out underestimating their depth), and Guzman should quickly solve that, ummm, calibration problem he showed when he went back initially on that short pop.

He should have good range and a good, accurate arm. And his bat is always welcome.

I like Morse better at first base.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | April 8, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

The team cannot go with this situation in right field for long.

It is almost like Austin Kearns is still on the team. No bat in right, no power in center. No power at second, little power at catcher, not great power at short (if Desmond can hit 280 with 10-12 homers that would be great). Situation in right also impacts center and left. The outfield is really weak when Willingham or Morgan need a day off. Will be a disaster if either of them is out for any length of time.

Posted by: Pensfans | April 8, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

With an ultra-small-market budget of $61 million, you want the Nats to cover all the positions with major leaguers? And you want two or three decent starting pitchers as well? How do you do that? Get real! Even the great Mike Rizzo can't do all that.

Note: the Nats' payroll is half of the Tigers' payroll, even though DC has a larger metro region than Detroit. KC, Tampa Bay and Cincy have significantly larger payrolls than do the Nats.

Baltimore has a $20 million larger payroll than the Nats. If the Nats had the budget of the O's, they could have added a RF and two more decent starters. And still had money for Chapman.

Baltimore has the nation's 19th largest region. DC region is 8th in the US.

The Nats are promising their remaining fans a better afterlife in the future, like some televangelist. But in this life, in MLB, you have to spend to get a better future.

Posted by: EdDC | April 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Serious roster issues on Day 1 of the season? Mike Morse looked awful in RF last night and the run scoring on that short fly ball off of Clippard AND the runner moving up? Not tolerable. Now Guzman is getting his first RF action ever learning a completely new postion at the MLB level? Rizzo is losing me. The penny-pinching Lerners and Stan the Philly Fan Plan lost me long ago.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 8, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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