First-pitch catch won't be Lo Duca's
Backstop 'not mad' about decision; honor may to to Acta
VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca will not be catching President George W. Bush's first pitch after all on Sunday night before Washington takes on the Braves.
Sources have indicated that manager Manny Acta may be catching the pitch. Lo Duca was informed of the decision on Thursday.
"I'm not mad at all," Lo Duca said.
Team president Stan Kasten said that a final decision will be made on Friday, when the Nationals have their first workout at the new Nationals Park.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.