Per BIll Ladson on Nationals.com:
Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman left Monday’s game against the
Marlins in the top of the third inning because of a cut on his left
pinkie toe. He is listed as day-to-day….
“He has [torn] skin underneath his toe. It’s very painful, so we had to
take him out of the game,” manager Manny Acta. “He is going to take the
day off tomorrow anyway, so we’ll see how it feels the day after
On the brighter side: appearing to be recovered from a bout of forearm soreness, Shawn Hill pitched one inning vs. the Marlins, throwing 16 pitches (12 for strikes) in today’s 3-1 win over Florida. Hill did not allow a hit and had two strikeouts. Top pitching prospect Jordan Zimmermann stretched his scoreless innings streak to 12 1/3 innings, after pitching four scoreless innings in relief of Hill. Zimmermann struck out six, allowed 2 hits, and did not give up a walk. Lastings Milledge was 3-4 at the plate.
Good to see the Nationals get some strong pitching performances from their starters (and would-be starters) in recent games — Collin Balestar, Hill, and Zimmermann. One of my biggest concerns about the Nats this season is pitching. I’m hoping that these young arms can continue to pitch well.