Notes: Osuna not making progress

Notes: Osuna not making progress

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have shut down reliever Antonio Osuna, who is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder. The last time he pitched was in a rehab stint on April 23, when Osuna pitched two shutout innings against Triple-A Round Rock.

Osuna will go home to Mexico this weekend to be with his ill father, who has throat cancer, and then return to Washington D.C. to be evaluated on Monday. Osuna has been on the disabled list since April 18 because of a right shoulder strain and was supposed to come off the DL this week. Before going on the DL, Osuna gave up 11 runs in 2 1/3 innings with the Nationals.

"He's not making any progress. We have some concerns. We'll have his shoulder looked at," interim general manager Jim Bowden said.

This is not the first time Osuna has had shoulder problems. When he was with the White Sox, Osuna missed most of the 2001 season because of a torn right labrum.

Back in action: First baseman Nick Johnson was back at first base on Friday after missing Wednesday's game with a contusion on the back of the right leg.

Johnson hurt the leg fouling off a pitch in the third inning on Tuesday against the Phillies. Johnson remained in the game after being attended to by team staffers, but left the game after the fifth inning when the leg stiffened up on him.

On Friday, Johnson took batting practice with any pain, but he will be limited running the bases.

On this date: In 2004, the Expos lost their 18th game of the season against the Padres. They would finish April with a 5-19 record.

Stats of the day: Johnson is hitting .310 (18-for-58) with a home run and four RBIs during his 16-game hitting streak entering Friday's game.

On deck: The Nationals play the second game of a three-game series against the Mets on Saturday. Zach Day will get the start for the Nationals. Last Monday, Day wound up pitching 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs -- three earned -- on five hits against the Phillies. He struck out two but walked five. Day had problems with his sinker, his No. 1 pitch, but said that his breaking ball was his out pitch.

On Saturday, he will face the Mets for the 10th time in his career. He is 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA against them.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.