Second baseman Felipe Lopez said last week he would not accept a role on the bench, and the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs are among the teams who have expressed interest in acquiring the 2005 All-Star.
“If we could make a move to give them an opportunity to play every day and make our organization better, we’ll do it,” Bowden said. “But we’re not going to make a deal that we don’t think is going to make our organization better.”
G. Guzman staying
Washington will give the Twins a player to be named or cash by July 15. Had the Nationals not kept Guzman on their 25-man roster for the entire season, he would have been transferred back to Minnesota. Instead, he will start the year with Class AAA Columbus.
“I’m glad. I’m on the 40-man [roster] over here, and I’m in the National League, which fits me a little better,” Guzman said. “It’s a good opportunity.”
The Nationals announced they reassigned catcher Wil Nieves to their minor league camp. Assuming Johnny Estrada”s elbow problems cause him to start the year on the disabled list, it would leave Jesus Flores as the other option to back up Paul Lo Duca.
Lo Duca went 0-for-3 and caught six innings yesterday against the Florida Marlins. He slipped behind the plate while chasing down his passed ball in the fourth inning but said his knee felt fine afterward.
He likely will catch today against the Detroit Tigers, his first appearance in back-to-back games of the spring.
King ‘smelled’ hit
The player wearing No. 92, barreling down the first-base line after laying down a perfect bunt? That was reliever Ray King, who batted for the first time in two years yesterday — all while wearing a borrowed uniform.