Opening Day proved costly for the Nationals, who placed outfielder Nook Logan and shortstop Cristian Guzman on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. Both are expected to be out two to three weeks.
To fill Logan’s spot on the active roster, the Nationals recalled outfielder Kory Casto from Class AAA Columbus.
Casto flew to the District yesterday aboard a private jet with Columbus Clippers officials, who were invited to last night’s game.
“I’m glad I’m coming back, and it’s unfortunate that it’s got to be under these circumstances,” Casto said.
Logan strained his left foot when it got caught in the center field wall after he chased a line drive in the fourth inning of Monday’s 9-2 loss to the Florida Marlins.
Guzman, who missed last season with torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, strained his left hamstring breaking out of the batter’s box on a groundball to third in the fifth inning Monday.
The Nationals are expected to recall infielder D’Angelo Jimenez from Columbus sometime today.
Casto started in left field and batted second in his major league debut last night. He singled to center in the fourth inning and finished 1-for-4 with a walk.
“I was floating there a little bit, but I’ve been there before,” said Casto, who plans to keep the ball and give the bat to his parents. “This level is the same as every other level. You’ve got to go out there and give it your best every at-bat, every swing, every pitch.”
Casto hit .280 with a .368 on-base percentage in 22 spring games this year. Casto, who has never played above Class AA, was one of the club’s last cuts and was expected to be recalled sometime during the season.
Meanwhile, Logan’s left foot was still swollen today and was placed in a walking boot. X-rays taken Monday were negative.
Manager Manny Acta met with second baseman Felipe Lopez before last night’s game to discuss Lopez returning to shortstop while Guzman is on the DL. Following Monday’s game, Lopez ruled out returning to shortstop because he felt comfortable at second base.
Lopez — the Nationals starting shortstop for the second half of last season after being acquired in an eight-player trade with the Cincinnati Reds — softened his stance yesterday.
“I said yesterday that I didn’t want to go back to short for just a few days, but if it’s for awhile and the team really needs it, I’ll move back,” Lopez said.
Wilson makes start
Josh Wilson started at shortstop last night and batted eighth. It was just Wilson’s 12th major league game.
“It’s the same if you are a bench player or a starter. The only difference is, as a starter you’re out there and facing that pitching every day and you’re usually a little sharper,” Wilson said. “As far as your mindset and your approach, you’ve got to come into every game expecting that you are going to play.”
The evening didn’t get off to a good start for the 26-year-old. Wilson made a nice diving stop of a grounder hit up the middle in the first inning. While on his stomach, Wilson tried to flip the ball out of his glove to Lopez to start a double play. But Wilson’s attempt missed Lopez by about three feet. All runners were safe, and the error led to a four-run inning.
In the top of the third inning, Wilson threw wide of first base and pulled first baseman Dmitri Young off the bag.
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