- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A second MRI exam taken on Jose Guillen’s injured left shoulder yesterday confirmed the Washington Nationals right fielder has a partially torn rotator cuff, but for now the club does not believe surgery is necessary.

General manager Jim Bowden said Guillen, who has already missed three of the Nationals’ last four games, will be out another three to seven days. He will not be available during Washington’s three-game series with the wild-card leading Astros that begins tonight in Houston, but he could return to play this weekend in Colorado.

Guillen traveled to Birmingham, Ala., yesterday to be examined by orthopedic specialist James Andrews. Andrews’ diagnosis mirrored that of Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih, who first discovered the slight tear in Guillen’s nonthrowing shoulder.

Though season-ending surgery is an option, the doctors believe Guillen can continue to play after a brief rest. He won’t be allowed to pick up a bat for at least a couple of days; he could start swinging lightly by the end of the week.

The team leader in home runs (19), RBI (58), hits (118) and runs (61), Guillen originally hurt himself sliding into the plate June 26. He has received several cortisone shots in his shoulder since then to relieve the pain, but it became too much for him to handle in recent days.

Though the Nationals don’t plan to place Guillen on the disabled list, they have made arrangements to replace him in the field. Rookie outfielder Brandon Watson, whose contract was purchased from Class AAA New Orleans, will join the club in Houston today and is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Mark Zuckerman

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