Two Nats leave game with injuries

Two Nats leave game with injuries

WASHINGTON -- In Wednesday's matchup with the Houston Astros, Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen left after two innings because of a left eye abrasion, and catcher Wiki Gonzalez also exited after three innings because of a mild concussion and cervical strain.

Guillen hurt his eye earlier in the day during batting practice. The right fielder was seen rubbing his left eye with his batting glove and had problems heading into the game. He started against the Astros and struck out in the top of the first inning against Roy Oswalt, before he was lifted for Marlon Byrd. Guillen saw an eye specialist at 9 p.m. ET., but there's no word on how serious the injury is.

Guillen, who is on the trading block, has been hampered by injuries all year. He didn't start Spring Training on time, because of left shoulder and wrist injuries. Guillen has also been bothered by a left oblique strain and a right hamstring strain.

Gonzalez was behind the plate in the second inning, when he was hit in the head by Preston Wilson's back swing. Gonzalez said he was also hit on the mask by a foul tip that hurt his neck. The catcher is listed as day-to-day.

Gonzalez, who most likely will not be with the team when Brian Schneider is activated from the disabled list on Friday, has been under fire for his game-calling skills and for the way he blocks balls.

Asked if it was too late for Gonzalez to get better behind the plate, Robinson said, "It's never too late. [It takes] hard work. It takes talking to him and encouraging him -- tell him what we need to get it done, and how we need it done. If he's willing to do that, he has a chance of getting better."

A TV camera panned at both Gonzalez and Robinson on Tuesday in what appeared to be an argument between the two during the game, but the manager said it was nothing of the sort. Robinson said he was just telling Gonzalez to go to the mound if he had a disagreement with the pitcher when it came to calling pitches.

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