Foot sidelines Logan, Guzman out with hammy
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 for somebody."
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 ice it."
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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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