Home runs by Mench, Guzman, Zimmerman, and a grand slam by Harris, some decent pitching, and - at long last - a spring training victory in Viera, a 12-3 pasting of the Marlins.
Guzman’s shot came as a lefthanded hitter, a drive that cleared the right field fence. Last night in BP he hit some impressive shots to left as a righty swinger.
The shortstop situation in Washington is one of the more compelling stories this spring. In one corner is Guzman, the incumbent, who had bunion and shoulder surgery last fall. In the opposite corner stands Ian Desmond, who made an impressive debut with the club last Setember, batting .280 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games. Desmond’s been impressive this spring, while Guzman had only 10 at-bats prior to today. He was away for a while, spending time with his wife after the birth of his daughter.
Desmond looks like a major league player, and GM Mike Rizzo insists that the $8 million left on Guzman’s contract will have no bearing on who gets the job. Guzman’s salary makes him virtually untradeable, though as a 10-and-5 guy, he wouldn’t be going anywhere anyway.
Should Ian not win the shortstop job outright, there’s some speculation he could stick as a super utility guy, playing the infield and outfield. If he’s truly the shortstop of the future, it may be more efficient to let him play the position everyday at Syracuse.
Just returned from the clubhouse - Craig Stammen says it was good to finally get a win. “John [Lannan] and I were talking in the apartment last night that it would great if one of us got a win today” he said, “so yes, it was a good day.” It became an even better day when word came that the Nats won their other split squad contest, 4-2 over St. Louis in Jupiter.
The roomies get the W’s.
It’s not what you’d prefer, but hey, the games don’t count.
There’s no ring in spring training.