PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Infielder Cristian Guzman found himself playing right field in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Mets on Thursday. It marked the first time Guzman has played the outfield in his life. He didn't see any action as right-hander Tyler Walker retired the side in order.
Asked what it was like to go out there, Guzman said, "Long, man. [Manager Jim] Riggleman told me today to catch fly balls and ground balls during batting practice."
Guzman is expected to see action in the outfield the next two games before Opening Day on Monday. If everything works according to plan, Guzman could play six different positions -- the two corner outfield spots and all four infield positions.
"The Nationals want me to play. That's why they are giving me a lot of positions," Guzman said.