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Ian Desmond, Adam Kennedy, Cristian Guzman will rotate in Nationals infield

Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman plans to give Ian Desmond the day off tomorrow, which is in line with his design for the Nationals' middle infield in the second half. Riggleman wants to create a truer three-man rotation between Desmond, Cristian Guzman and Adam Kennedy.

Riggleman said he'll decide who plays "on a day-to-day basis" and that pitching matchups will determine some of the playing-time decisions. Ultimately, though, he hopes to give Desmond 500 total at-bats in his rookie season while also getting Guzman and Kennedy regular playing time and not neglecting Alberto Gonzalez, who roped a double Friday night.

"Routinely, I'd like to just keep all three involved," Riggleman said. "It's impossible to keep all four of them active. It's hard to keep three of them active. But I felt like we played better baseball when we did that."

Here's a quick look at how much each has played and what they've done, with average/on-base/slugging in the slashes:

Guzman: 78 starts, 313 PA, .294/.342/.367, 1 HR

Desmond: 72 starts, 298 PA, .255/.296/.393, 6 HR

Kennedy: 45 starts, 203 PA, .242/.317/.326, 2 HR

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 17, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Kennedy , Cristian Guzman , Ian Desmond , middle infield  
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Kennedy is good when he plays every day. The Phillies have expressed interrest; they have injuries at second base. I say trade him to the Phils (which I think Adam would appreicate), use three infielders (Gonzo being the third) instead of musical chairs with four.

Oh, and I would like to add my vote for Bernadina in center and Morse in right, every day, for six weeks or so to see how it works out.

Posted by: ammonite88 | July 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you have to hope Kennedy has a few good games before July 31 and trade him. We don't need him on the team at all. Unless you trade Guzman, that is.
But get rid of one of them!

Posted by: amo36 | July 17, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of Kennedy NOW! Why is Riggleman not using Gonzalez at 2nd base?

Posted by: NickfromGermantown | July 17, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I could go for Bernadina in center and Morse in right full time with Gonzalez at short and Ian on the bench. Morgan would be my pinch runner until he learns the basics of the game.

Posted by: crimsonmac | July 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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