Josh Wilson Sees Action in Nationals' Opener

Josh Wilson Sees Action in Nationals' Opener

Rookie utility infielder Josh Wilson saw action in the Washington Nationals' season opener against the Florida Marlins Monday afternoon in RFK Stadium in our nation's capital. The Nats were defeated, 9-2.

The son of Duquesne's head baseball coach entered the game in the sixth inning after starting shortstop Cristian Guzman suffered a mild left hamstring strain while running out a ground ball in the fifth. Josh Wilson flied out to right in his only at-bat in the seventh inning.

Wilson made the National's 25-man active roster as he hit .366 with four RBI during spring training. Manager Manny Acta told MLB.com reporter Bill Ladson last week, "Josh is on the 40-man roster and out of options. He played very well. We didn't want to take any chances of [placing Wilson on waivers]. He is a valuable backup guy, and he earned it." Washington sent infielders D'Angelo Jimenez and Joe Thurston to their minor league camp.

Whether Wilson will stay in the lineup while Guzman heals probably depends on the serverity of the injury. If Guzman is out for an extended period, Acta is considering moving second baseman Felipe Lopez to short with 10-year veteran Ronnie Belliard taking over at 2nd.

The Mt. Lebanon High School grad was drafted by today's opponent, the Marlins, in the third round of the 1999 draft. He was called up to the major league team in September 2005 after an outstanding season at AAA Albuquerque. He saw action in 11 games.

He was traded to the Colorado Rockies on January 6, 2006. The Nationals signed Wilson on February 6, 2007.

Wilson's father, Mike, is in his 14th season as the head coach of the Duquesne Dukes baseball team. Following this past weekend's three-game sweep by Rhode Island, Duquesne is 10-12, 3-3 in Atlantic 10 play.

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