- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2005

PHILADELPHIA — Add Jose Guillen’s right elbow to the growing list of ailments for the Washington Nationals outfielder.

An MRI yesterday revealed tendinitis in the elbow. However, the injury didn’t prevent him from playing last night against the Philadelphia Phillies and getting two hits. Despite being listed as day-to-day, Guillen started in left field for the first time this season. Brad Wilkerson was the right fielder.

Guillen apparently was injured Thursday in Houston on a hard throw to home plate in the first inning. He rubbed and shook his right elbow after the play.

“I don’t know how long he’s had it. You’ll have to ask him,” Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. “His elbow has been bothering him. His shoulder has been bothering him. Whatever, it’s hard to keep up with what’s what.”

Guillen, who has 21 home runs and 65 RBI, has started 104 games in right field and hadn’t played anywhere else until last night. During interleague play, Robinson twice used the slugger as a designated hitter.

Last week, an MRI revealed Guillen has a partial tear of his left rotator cuff. The injury sidelined him for five games, though he did pinch hit Wednesday in Houston. He also has been hampered by a swollen left ankle and a sore rib cage this season.

Short doing well

Rick Short, the third basemen for the Nationals’ Class AAA affiliate in New Orleans, is batting .400 with 132 hits in 330 at-bats after going 2-for-5 last night.

Short was called up twice this season from New Orleans but appeared in just three games with Washington. He drove in a run with a single to left in his first major league at-bat June10 against the Seattle Mariners.

Short has a chance to become the first player since the 1930s to hit more than .400 for the season in the Pacific Coast League.

“He’s a professional hitter … unbelievable,” said Nationals outfielder Brandon Watson, who spent most of the season with Short in New Orleans. “He has such a good approach at the plate. He hits short to the zone and long to the ball.”

Short spent his first 10 years as a professional in the minors, where he has a career average of .312. The knock on Short is that he is a defensive liability. However, he has a good chance of being called up again by the Nationals when rosters expand to 40 on Sept.1.

“People have noticed that he is hitting . 400,” said Barry Larkin, a special assistant to Nationals general manager Jim Bowden.

Livan the rapper

In a recently released DVD, Nationals ace Livan Hernandez appears in a music video by popular Puerto Rican rapper Hector El Bambino.

Hernandez is shown wearing a white baseball cap while adding backup vocals and dance moves to El Bambino’s hit “Vamos A Matarnos En La Raya.” The video was filmed at Hernandez’s Miami residence during spring training.

El Bambino plays a style of music called reggaeton. In the video, select members of El Bambino’s band are wearing Nationals caps and jerseys. Hernandez received his copy of the video over the weekend when the Nationals were in Denver sweeping the Colorado Rockies.

“Livo is the one that knows [El Bambino],” veteran infielder Carlos Baerga said. “[El Bambino] is one of the best reggaeton guys in Puerto Rico right now. [Hernandez] can dance. He was doing really well.”

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