Notes: Guillen plays first spring game

Notes: Guillen plays first spring game

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen played his first game of the spring against the Dodgers on Monday night. He went 0-for-2 in the game. Guillen grounded out to right-hander Brad Penny in the first inning and then grounded out to second baseman Jeff Kent two innings later.

Guillen had missed most of Spring Training because of a surgically repaired left shoulder and sore left wrist.

"I felt pretty good. It was the first day. I was pain free," said Guillen. "It looked like those pitchers were throwing 200 mph because I haven't been at the plate in a long time. I need my timing and that's pretty much it," Guillen said.

Guillen is planning to play against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

A good arm: Right-hander Tony Armas Jr. pitched three shutout innings against the Dodgers, and pitching coach Randy St. Claire said that Armas appears to be in top form like he was in early 2003 before he tore his labrum and rotator cuff in his shoulder.

"His fastball has some riding life like it used to have," St. Claire said "He was a guy that used to throw four seamers up in the strike zone at 93, 94 mph. This past couple of years, he hasn't had that."

Around the horn: The Nationals are 5-16-1 this spring. ... Opposing teams have scored 10 or runs against the Nationals six times this spring. ... Left-handers Joey Eischen and Valerio De Los Santos gave up a combined 10 runs against the Dodgers on Monday. ... Manager Frank Robinson decided to postpone his team meeting until Thursday. He was planning to go over his team's defensive lapses on Monday. ... The Nationals are planning to make more roster cuts on Thursday. ... Right-hander Jon Rauch pitched in a Minor League game on Monday and gave up one run in six innings. He threw 69 pitches in the game.

He said it: "It hasn't been a good spring as far as the ballclub's performance is concerned. It has been one of those springs where a lot of things have happened -- with injuries, the World Baseball Classic and all that stuff. It has been usual. I won't say weird. I don't think anybody knew how they would react going into this spring. People have reacted differently. In our situation, it has been very difficult because we are not that deep in personnel and talent. When our first line people are not here, we are not going to be as good a ballclub." -- Robinson on the Nationals' Spring Training this year.

Coming up: The Nationals have the day off on Tuesday, but return to action on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. Kyle Denny will get the start for the Nationals, while Jason Marquis takes the mound for the Cardinals.

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