Notes: Schneider mum on outburst

Nats notes: Schneider mum on outburst

WASHINGTON -- Two days after losing his temper during a postgame interview, catcher Brian Schneider spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon, but he declined to talk about his tirade, saying that he is moving forward and focusing on the Braves.

After the Nationals lost a tough game to the Mets on Sunday afternoon, Schneider lost his cool after a reporter asked him if his arm was OK after making a throwing error against the Mets. Schneider is having one of his worst seasons in the Major Leagues, hitting .235 with three home runs and 37 RBIs. Defensively, he has thrown out only 13-of-57 would-be base stealers, shocking numbers considering he has cut down close to 50 percent of would be base stealers.

"I don't want to talk about it, to tell you the truth. That was the other day. I don't want any other distractions," said Schneider, who signed a four-year $18 million contract this past offseason. "I'm going to focus tonight on the Braves, be here with my teammates and that's it."

Schneider had a tough time assessing his season. Some in the organization believe the World Baseball Classic played a role in his bad season, but Schneider declined to give any kind of excuse.

"Obviously, I wish it could have been better," he said. "No one wants to have a down season. It's part of life, its part of baseball. You continue to work hard. ... I'm going to try as hard as I can. Whatever numbers are there, they are there. I will continue to work hard in the offseason and improve for next year."

Getting a chance: Infielder Bernie Castro started his second consecutive game at second base for the Nationals. Manager Frank Robinson said the team wants to give Castro a long look before Jose Vidro returns to action at the end of the week. The skipper also didn't rule out giving Castro a look in center field before the season ends.

Robinson likes the fact that Castro has blazing speed and can bunt the ball past the pitcher for base hits.

Another signing: The Nationals agreed to terms with left-hander Glenn Gibson from Center Moriches (NY) High School. He was a fourth-round selection from the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Gibson will report to the Gulf Coast League Nationals on Monday.

Gibson notched the 2006 Yastrzemski Award as the top player in Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) after going 8-1 with 145 strikeouts and a 0.29 ERA in 61 innings as a senior at Center Moriches. He also earned Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year honors.

Injury report: Robert Fick, on the 15-day disabled list because of left rib cartilage separation, said he hopes to swing off a tee on Wednesday, and he looks to be activated by Sept. 1.

Jose Vidro played in his second rehab game on Tuesday and went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Double-A Harrisburg. Vidro is on the disabled list because of a left hamstring strain, and if everything goes well, he could be activated as early as Friday.

Left-hander Micah Bowie, who hasn't played since last Wednesday because of a mild latissimus dorsi strain (the shoulder blade region), said he is feeling better but needs a few days off. He threw the baseball on Sunday and felt a little sore.

Asked if there was a possibility that he would go on the disabled list, Bowie said, "I'm not sure. We are in a holding pattern for a few days to see how it responds to the medication and treatments. If it responds favorably, I'll be out [on the mound] pretty quick."

Bowie has been a pleasant surprise for the Nationals, giving up three runs in 19 2/3 innings. "The Billy Awards" named him the Nationals' Pitcher of the Month for July.

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Stat of the day: The Nationals are 14-46 when opponents score first in a game this year.

Did you know: Ryan Zimmerman and Nick Johnson are the only players on the Nationals to hit game-ending home runs this season.

Coming up: The Nationals play the third game of a four-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Billy Traber will take the mound for Washington, while right-hander John Smoltz goes to the hill for Atlanta.

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