WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals placed right fielder Jose Guillen on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a sore right elbow.
The move was made retroactive to Wednesday.
The elbow injury has been bothering Guillen all month and caused him to leave Tuesday's 7-6 win over Florida in the third inning. It's the latest in a series of ailments that have contributed to a disappointing season for Guillen, the team's home run and RBI leader in 2005. He was batting .216 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs in 69 games this year.
He will have the elbow examined next week by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
To replace Guillen on the roster, the Nationals are expected to purchase the contract of utility infielder Melvin Dorta from Double-A Harrisburg before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
The Nationals also announced Thursday that right-hander John Patterson had successful exploratory surgery on his right forearm. He is expected to be out at least four weeks.
The team also granted catcher Matthew LeCroy his unconditional release, three days after he was designated for assignment.
Is Escobar going to keep playing and doing what he's been doing? Haven't heard much about this kid, but am very intrigued.