- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2005

Washington Nationals right fielder Jose Guillen was suspended one game by Major League Baseball yesterday for tossing equipment onto the field after being ejected at Shea Stadium on Sept. 14.

Guillen appealed the ruling by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president of on-field operations, and was in the Nationals lineup last night against the New York Mets.

“They told me today, and I appealed right away,” said Guillen, who was also fined for the incident. “Maybe they won’t get to it now until next year.”

With only eight games left on the schedule, Guillen indeed may be able to postpone his hearing and any eventual punishment until 2006, though with the Nationals all but eliminated from the wild-card race, his absence for one day wouldn’t be a severe blow to the club.

In handing down its decision, MLB said Guillen was disciplined for “arguing and making inappropriate comments from the dugout and throwing numerous pieces of equipment onto the field” in the fifth inning of the Nationals’ 6-3 win over the Mets Sept.14.

The incident was provoked by a borderline called third strike by plate umpire Bill Miller. Guillen returned to the dugout, yelled out toward Miller and then heaved several items onto the field, including a helmet, batting gloves, four bats and a protective shin guard.

Afterward, Guillen spoke critically of umpires.

“Sometimes, it’s not right, some of the stuff they do,” he said at the time. “Right now, it looks like they have full power in baseball. They can do whatever they want and they get away with it.”

Surgery for Armas

Pitcher Tony Armas Jr. will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery Wednesday in Cincinnati, perhaps the inevitable conclusion to a frustrating season for the right-hander.

Armas, who entered the season still feeling the effects from the 2003 surgery to repair his rotator cuff and labrum, never did feel 100 percent. He finished 7-7 with a 4.97 ERA in 19 starts before being shut down earlier this month and placed on the 60-day disabled list Sept. 17.

“His arm wasn’t right for a lot of the season,” manager Frank Robinson said. “Hopefully, this will get it corrected once and for all.”

Either way, Armas’ days with the Nationals are almost certainly done. He’s due to become a free agent after the season, and the club hasn’t expressed much interest in re-signing him.

Armas declined to comment yesterday.

Patterson family update

John Patterson’s parents, siblings and their families, who evacuated their homes in Orange, Texas, Thursday to escape Hurricane Rita, successfully made to a relative’s lake home in Jasper County. They’re only 90 miles north of Orange, but it still took eight hours to make the trip because of the traffic jams throughout the region.

Rita, now a Category 3 storm, is expected to make landfall very close to Orange (along the Texas-Louisiana border) sometime today. Patterson is scheduled to start tomorrow’s game against the Mets at RFK Stadium, but he has said he would consider leaving the team to assist his family if necessary.


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