Notes: Robinson reviewing balk

Notes: Robinson reviewing balk

MILWAUKEE -- As one entered Frank Robinson's office at Miller Park on Saturday afternoon, one could see a still shot of Mike Stanton's game-ending balk on the TV screen. The balk helped the Brewers defeat the Nationals, 4-3, on Friday night.

Robinson reiterated that Stanton's entire body, except for his face, was facing first base, not home plate like first base umpire Paul Schrieber ruled.

While there is nothing he can do to reverse the call, Robinson is thinking about sending a DVD of the play to Major League Baseball in hopes that such a call is never made in a game again.

"[Major League Baseball] will look at it, but whether they would tell the umpires they are right or wrong, I can't answer that," Robinson said. "It's not that you are protesting. If we send it in, we are just saying to the league office, 'Here's what we have on videotape. This is what we want you to take a look at. And looking at [the videotape], it wasn't a balk.' I'm sure they have looked at it already."

Robinson said that Schrieber's call will not deter him from using Stanton in the same situation that occurred on Friday night -- runners on first and third with one out in the 10th inning. Robinson also doesn't expect Stanton to change his style.

"Stanton should use the same move he has been using his entire career," Robinson said.

Stanton finally threw a pitch for the Nationals on Saturday as he threw one shutout inning. It was the first time he threw a pitch since June 28 when he was with the Yankees, who designated him for assignment on June 30.

Stanton also received his wish by facing both left-handed and right-handed hitters in the game. Stanton doesn't want to be a pigeonholed as a specialist who only faces left-handed hitters.

"Over the time I was off, I threw several side sessions and played catch almost every day to keep myself sharp and have a little arm strength," Stanton said. "It's good to know that I'm going to at least face three batters. Like I said before, I'm not a role guy. I'll go out there and do what Frank wants me to do."

You're out: On Saturday, shortstop Cristian Guzman was ejected by Schrieber, now the home plate umpire, for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning. After the ejection, Guzman lightly threw his bat and helmet toward Schrieber's direction. Both items didn't come close to hitting Schrieber.

Robinson thinks Guzman will be fined, but not suspended.

Robinson also thought Guzman was frustrated by the fact that he has been in a season-long slump. At the same time, Robinson felt that Guzman shouldn't have lost his composure because the team is short a position player. Guzman's ejection forced Jamey Carroll, the only true middle infielder, to enter the game.

"We have to be able to suck it up because we can't afford to get guys thrown out of ballgames," Robinson said. "We are short as it is and it ties my hands to what I can do later on [in the ballgame]."

Guzman wasn't the only one that had problems with Schrieber. Earlier in the game, Guillen argued with Schrieber over balls and strikes, but wasn't ejected.

Injury report: Before Saturday's game, third baseman Vinny Castilla was limping badly in the locker room and had an ice wrap on his left knee. Castilla said the knee has not been the same since he played on the FieldTurf in Toronto in late May.

Castilla, who originally hurt the knee in a Spring Training game against the Mets in March, was in the starting lineup against the Brewers on Saturday and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Did you know? Stanton's balk on Friday was the first walk-off balk in the Major Leagues since Athletics right-hander Justin Duchscherer did so in the 14th inning of a 2-1 loss to the Mariners on April 19, 2004.

Stat of the day: Entering Saturday's action, the Nationals' last five losses had come in their opponents' last at-bat.

On deck: The Nationals play the finale of a four-game series against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Ryan Drese will get the start for the Nationals. He has never faced the Brewers in his career.

In his last start, Drese pitched five innings against the Phillies and gave up four runs on six hits. Drese managed to pick up the victory as the Nationals edged the Phillies, 8-7.

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