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Shortstop wants to avoid shoulder surgery

Updated: March 16, 2006, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. -- Washington Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman will try to avoid surgery on his injured right shoulder, but if two weeks of rest and rehab do not work, he could miss much of the season.

Guzman

What was clear Thursday after a trip to Cincinnati for an MRI exam and second opinion from Dr. Tim Kremchek was that Guzman has a tear in the shoulder and will miss Opening Day. That makes Royce Clayton the club's everyday shortstop.

"It's a pretty serious surgery that has ...

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