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Sore left thumb sidelines Guzman

Sore left thumb sidelines Guzman

LOS ANGELES -- Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman did not start on Saturday against the Dodgers and will not play Sunday because of a sore left thumb.

Guzman had an X-ray and it was revealed that he has a contusion in the thumb. Dr. Neal El Attrache examined the thumb in Los Angeles and suggested rest and treatment. Guzman is day-to-day.

Guzman hurt the thumb this week while hitting against Giants closer Brian Wilson. Guzman had problems with the same thumb in the past. He tore a ligament in the thumb in 2006 against the Indians and missed most of the season.

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Meanwhile, Elijah Dukes is in extended Spring Training in Viera, Fla. The news comes almost three weeks after Dukes had right knee surgery. Dukes hurt the knee on July 5 while making a catch against the Reds in Cincinnati.

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

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