- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2005

NEW YORK — Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson expects to talk today with Bob Watson, Major League Baseball’s vice president of on-field operations, and learn whether he will be punished for being ejected from Tuesday night’s game.

Robinson was ejected by plate umpire Jeff Nelson in the sixth inning of the Nationals’ 4-2 win over the Mets for arguing a checked-swing call on New York’s Victor Diaz.

Robinson shouted to Nelson, “You should have been able to make that call,” prompting his ejection. He then ran onto the field and engaged in a prolonged, heated argument with Nelson and crew chief Joe Brinkman.

Robinson later said Brinkman repeatedly cursed him while asking him to leave the field, and his reaction to that might ultimately result in a fine from MLB.

“I don’t think I was off base,” Robinson said. “I don’t think I was out of line. I don’t think what I said warranted an ejection.”

Robinson also was surprised to hear that Brinkman told a pool reporter he wasn’t sure if he swore at the manager during the incident.

“I’m startled, I’m stunned, I can’t believe,” Robinson said. “People are telling me they could read his lips on TV. … I can’t believe he said that.”

Carrasco gets encore

Hector Carrasco performed so well in his first start Tuesday night that he already has earned a second this weekend. Robinson said the right-hander will start Saturday night’s game in San Diego four days after allowing two runs and striking out six in four solid innings.

“Certainly right now, he’s going to be penciled in to fill that spot whenever it comes around,” the manager said. “He’ll start Saturday.”

After three failed attempts at a bullpen-only game, Robinson is happy just to have found a viable fourth starter for the stretch run. Assuming he asks Esteban Loaiza, Livan Hernandez and John Patterson to pitch on three days’ rest from here on out, Carrasco’s spot would come up three more times.

Carrasco got only a few hours’ notice about Tuesday’s start — the second of his 10-year career and first in five seasons. He was glad to get word yesterday about his next one.

“I think it’s pretty good. I’m excited,” he said. “I know ahead of time now, so I’ll be prepared.”

Carrasco did promise to do one thing differently this time around. He conceded he was gassed after running hard to first on his fourth-inning groundout Tuesday night. He then surrendered a home run to open the bottom of the inning.

“After two outs, I’m not going to run too hard anymore,” Carrasco said. “I don’t know why I did that, but I’m not going to do it again.”

Schneider sits

Catcher Brian Schneider was surprisingly absent from the Nationals’ lineup last night. But after feeling pain in his throwing shoulder late during Tuesday’s game, he realized he couldn’t play.

Schneider battled shoulder tendinitis earlier this season and received a cortisone shot to ease the pain. He’s not sure what caused the problem to come up again, but he’s hopeful he won’t be sidelined long.

“It doesn’t feel so good right now,” said Schneider, who also is dealing with a minor groin strain. “I don’t know what it was yesterday, if it was the swing or if it was a throw I made. … Something I did flared it up.”

Gary Bennett, mired in a 2-for-26 slump, made his second straight start behind the plate last night.