- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

PHILADELPHIA — Shawn Hill’s strong season debut was good enough to keep the young right-hander on the Washington Nationals’ roster but not enough to keep him in the starting rotation for the next week.

Hill, who allowed just one run in seven innings Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be skipped this time around in the rotation. Because his turn falls on Thursday, an off day for the Nationals, manager Frank Robinson decided to keep the rest of the starting staff intact and push Hill back. He is now scheduled to start June6 in Atlanta. Until then, the 25-year-old will be available out of the bullpen.

“I wasn’t surprised,” he said. “I wish I could throw, but I kind of thought it was going to happen. It’d be nice if I could get into a game, but at least I know when my next start’s going to be.”

Hill figured to be a temporary starter all along when he was promoted from Class AAA New Orleans to replace injured right-hander Zach Day. But his outstanding debut may have changed the Nationals’ thinking.

In fact, if Ramon Ortiz hadn’t won his third straight game Sunday afternoon, he might have been the odd man out instead of Hill.

LeCroy OK

Bench player Matt LeCroy’s right elbow injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as originally thought.

LeCroy, who has a bone spur in the elbow, played catch yesterday afternoon and said he felt fine. He received a cortisone injection Sunday, the effects of which should likely take full effect by today.

“I’m doing a lot better,” he said. “I’ll be available [to pinch-hit] tonight.”

Because of LeCroy’s recent defensive problems, Robinson isn’t planning to use him in the field unless necessary. The manager, however, would like to have LeCroy’s bat at his disposal.

“That’s the key thing for him, to be able to swing a bat,” Robinson said.

Surprisingly, hitting causes more strain on LeCroy’s elbow than throwing does.

“When I come over the top, the vibrations kind of get to me,” he said. “But they said tomorrow I probably won’t have any pain.”

Wiki to report

Catcher Wiki Gonzalez, who was outrighted to Class AAA New Orleans Friday night, accepted the assignment and will report to the Zephyrs.

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