(AP Photo. The end of the Cristian Guzman Era in D.C. is near?)
"No. It doesn't matter. I'm not in competition with him."
(Cristian Guzman, via Nationals Journal, 3/20/2010)
Really? Uh oh! Now, that doesn't sound conducive to the sort of clubhouse chemistry Rizzo is oh so fond of!
Sounds like someone didn't get Riggles' memo about that little competition at short.
But Guz is right: he's not in competition with Ian Desmond. Desmond has already won the job.
Guz's bum shoulder fails test:
"The ball to his right, it looked like Guzman was thinking, 'I'm not going to air this ball out.' For whatever reason, he didn't want to let it go and the result was not a good throw. ...That's what we have to determine in the next couple of weeks. If he airs it out, is there going to be no pain or is there going to be some pain. I think he was just tentative on the throw and didn't want to let it go."
(Jim Riggleman, via All Nats All the Time, 3/20/2010)
"We're going to get to the point here pretty soon where we'll have to test it out a little more thoroughly, and see how he's going to respond."
(Jim Riggleman, via Ben Goessling/MASNSports.com, 3/20/2010)
Mark Zuckerman lays out the options the Nats face with Guz when he officially loses the starting job at short:
Really, the Nationals' only options (if they decide Guzman isn't the starting shortstop) are to 1) place him on the DL, 2) try to trade him to another club or 3) cut him and eat the $8 million. He has no real value as a bench player, certainly not at that price.
(Mark Zuckerman, via Nats Insider, 3/20/2010)
Our anonymous sources with no knowledge of the situation confirmed that there's a face-saving trip to the DL coming in the very near future for Cristian Guzman, simply to buy some time; because the last thing in the world Mike Rizzo wants to do at this point is upset that clubhouse chemistry.
(Chris Needham puts forth a couple of other options that might come in handy after that DL stint ends and Rizzo can't find a trade partner.)