WASHINGTON -- Forced to juggle their lineup after one game,
the Washington Nationals put center fielder Nook Logan and
shortstop Cristian Guzman on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and
recalled Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus.
The Nationals said they plan to purchase the contract of
infielder D'Angelo Jimenez from Columbus on Wednesday.
So Washington began Game 2 of the season Tuesday night with
Casto -- playing above Double-A for the first time -- starting in
left field and batting second, and Josh Wilson -- whose 11 career
games in the majors came in 2005 -- starting at shortstop. Ryan Church shifted from left field to center.
"People always say injuries are devastating," general manager
Jim Bowden said. "Well, they are. But they also create opportunity
Logan strained his left foot while making a catch, and Guzman
strained his left hamstring while running to first base on a
groundout -- both during Washington's season-opening 9-2 loss to the
Florida Marlins on Monday.
Both Logan and Guzman are expected to miss two to three weeks.
Before it was known Guzman would be heading to the disabled list,
manager Manny Acta said that if the player were out for an extended
period, second baseman Felipe Lopez would move back to shortstop
(his position before switching this spring training), and backup
Ronnie Belliard would start at second.
Logan was using crutches and wearing a walking boot up to his
left knee when he entered the clubhouse Tuesday.
"Once the swelling goes down, we'll find out a little bit more
about it," Logan said. "Right now, you can't do much about it but
Casto, who played his college ball at the University of
Portland, was the last position player cut at the end of spring
training and drove to Columbus, Ohio, last weekend. He got a phone
call from Bowden on Tuesday morning telling him to pack his things
and fly back to Washington on a private jet that happened to be
heading to the capital with executives from the Triple-A affiliate.
"I asked him how it was to miss us for one day, and I said,
'You know what? You're probably lucky you weren't here for that one
day,'" Bowden said.
Casto arrived at the ballpark about two hours before the first
pitch. His primary position is outfield, although the Nationals
have said they consider him available to play first base or third
base as a backup.
"I was pretty ecstatic hearing that one of my goals in life is
going to be accomplished today," said Casto, the Nationals' minor
league player of the year in 2005 and 2006.