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Olsen To Return Next Week

BALTIMORE, June 26 - Although there is no firm timetable for his return, Scott Olsen is likely to rejoin the starting rotation when the Washington Nationals travel to face the Florida Marlins for a three-game series early next week.

"It hasn't been finalized yet," Manager Manny Acta said before the Nationals' game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, "but that's the thought process now."

Olsen, who was acquired from the Marlins in a trade this offseason, has pitched three rehabilitation assignments with Class AAA Syracuse. He threw 12 2/3 innings for Syracuse, finishing with a 5.68 ERA. In his last start with the team, Olsen allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Olsen (1-4) made eight starts with Washington and compiled a 7.24 ERA. He scuffled in each of his last three outings with the Nationals before joining the disabled list on May 18 with shoulder tendinitis.

It has long been expected that Olsen would bump one of the young pitchers from the rotation upon his return. Acta offered no hints about the organization's thought process in deciding which starters would be sent down, saying, "The only factor is going to be what's best for the Washington Nationals, now and in the future."

But whoever gets sent down, Acta said, would need to continue to improve in areas the coaching staff has stressed. That means throwing first-pitch strikes and building confidence in secondary and tertiary pitches.

"You fall behind in the count here and throwing a fastball doesn't cut it," Acta said. "It doesn't matter how hard you throw; you have to located it real good."

Acta added: "It's difficult thing to do, but in order to be successful up here, they need to work on those type of things. And down there is where to do it, not here."

Johnson Returns

Nick Johnson, who left Thursday night's game with a left shin contusion, was in the Nationals' starting line up at first base last night against the Orioles.

Boston pitcher John Smoltz drilled Johnson in the first inning. Johnson hobbled his way around the basepaths and quickly developed a large lump. Johnson, who has had an injury plagued career with the Nationals, exited after that inning. He iced his leg on Friday, but said it was still swollen.

"I've never seen anything like it," Johnson said of the swelling in his shin. "I had a pretty good sized knot on there."

By Mark Viera  |  June 26, 2009; 7:05 PM ET
 
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I almost posted something like 'what could possibly go wrong with a bruise?' this morning, but held off to make sure I didn't jinx anything.

Anybody who says they need to rest him is silly. It's not a pulled hammy, it's not something he can make worseby playing on it.

I never liked the rockies. We can make their win streak look puny. Starting with Dunn. Ahora!

p.s. OPACY, I must admit, looks great.

Posted by: nattaboy | June 26, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Lessee...it's Friday night, pouring rain where I live accompanied by thunder and lightning. Yep, the Nats are somewhere in the metropolitan area.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 26, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Newposted:

That horrifying lump on NJ's leg is GONE. More evidence for my Pixar theory. Has anyone ever lost a lump that big that quickly?

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 26, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"Nick Johnson, who left Thursday night's game with a left shin contusion, was in the Nationals' starting line up at first base last night against the Orioles."

Mark,I think you're trying a little too hard to kill two birds with one stone, and write blog and the game story at the same time. The grammar in your sentence, quoted above, will be fine tomorrow morning, but is almost existential in only the fourth inning.

Posted by: Traveler8 | June 26, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

nattaboy: OP@CY is a beautiful ballpark, I agree. Too bad the Orioles' owner has acted like a blood-sucking, micro-managing dirtbag for the last what, 15 years (Has it really been that long?).

Posted by: BinM | June 26, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

The Nats missed a cut of man ?? no way.

Posted by: JT2009 | June 26, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The Nats need to pack up Gas Canrahan and his "hit me, please" slider and send both to parts unknown. God bless him if he finally figures it out with another team. But he's just killing the Nats.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 26, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

of all the pitchers in all of the bullpens manny had to bring in hanrahan. game ovah!

Posted by: surly_w | June 26, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Goodnight, Gracie. Back after it tomorrow. Hopefully No. 38 will have been DFA'ed by then.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 26, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

DFA Hanrahan! What are you waiting for, Stan?

Posted by: BGinVA | June 26, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. It keeps getting worse...

Posted by: BGinVA | June 26, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Ladies & Gentlemen - No more calls, I believe we have a winner in the "who goes down" sweepstakes.

When Olsen gets activated, he goes to the SP-4 slot (replacing Detwiler); Detwiler goes down to SYR, and as a bonus - Hanrahan gets DFA'd & either Sosa or Martin gets selected. Enough's enough, imo. I'm out for tonight - see ya tomarrow.

Posted by: BinM | June 26, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

DFA Hanrahan... and let Manny Actaclueless carry his bags back to the holler...

71 games into the season and the Gnats are halfway to 100 losses... Unbelievable (even to me....)

www.natslose100.webs.com

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

has anyone notified the baltimore fire department about the conflagration on the mound at opacy? primary suspect answers to the name "gas canrahan,"

Posted by: surly_w | June 26, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

J Hanrahan: 0.1 IP; 3 H; 4 R; 4 ER; 1 SO; 1 BB; 27-16 PC-S; 7.71 ERA

DFA HIM!!!!

Posted by: BGinVA | June 26, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

and Guz keeps the inning going by booting a DP ball. 10-1, still only one out. Sigh...

Posted by: BGinVA | June 26, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Is there a mercy rule???? I suppose not.

Posted by: NatsLady | June 26, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Acta and Hanrahan work for the CIA, otherwise why else would either one of them still be on this ball club.

Posted by: dargregmag | June 26, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

the nats strategy must be to let the angelO's score all of their runs for the series in this game so they'll be tired tomorrow and sunday. g'night, all.

Posted by: surly_w | June 26, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I am getting close to the point I cant watch anymore.

Posted by: JT2009 | June 26, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I really wonder who on this team/FO is running things?

We ask Stan all the time to do this and that. They seem reasonable given the situation at that time. And you get rumors that something is about to happen and BANG nothing or the very opposite occurs.

So I guess we should say something like, sign Hanrahan to long term contract then see what happens.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

This isn't so bad if you're drinking a Nationals Cocktail, the previously mentioned Bourbon and Maalox (in my case, Old Crow.)

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

What a way to start out the weekend...10 run come-back!!! WOOHOOO...d'oh...

...make it stop...please, for the love of baseball, make it stop...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 26, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

In 2004, I was in a bar watching the Red Sox lose to the Yankees 19-8. The Red Sox came back to win 4 straight, the ALCS and the Series against the LaRussa Juicers. The Nats can win this series, especially now that Hanrahan, Vallone and Colome have worn out their welcome.

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere JD Martin is saying... Why don't I deserve a shot on this pitching squad?

Posted by: PNatsFan | June 26, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Did Dukes give up on that ball?

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes the ball , the game, life

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"Did Dukes give up on that ball?"

-I was thinking the same thing, Flynnie. I watched a lot of losses this year, but this is the first time I've seen them quit. sad.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 26, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

- "To not like Michael Jackson is un-American."

Apparently it's un-American to not support pedophiles. News to me. I hear Vancouver is nice.

Posted by: RickFelt | June 26, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

21-50, ouch. Thanks StanK and Uncle Teddy.

Posted by: Section505203 | June 26, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

This is the Jack Daniels 7th inning?

What are we to do, drink it or smash it against the wall?

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

So, how bout them O's?

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

That was out 3, and he just let it drop in a very un-Rowanesque, Edmonds-esque, Victorino-esque moment. Elijah's running error has got him in a very sulky place. If it weren't for the good grace of the 3rd base coach, out 3 be3comes an inside-the-park home run. What to do?

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec...

How about them? In October they will be just as much at the bottom of their league as they Gnats are in theirs...

Two cities. Two owners. Two cultures of losing as the owners get richer.

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

O's exec! Shouldn't you be doing dinner theatre in Lutherville?

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

This is the one time I'd like to see Kearns put in for Dukes. Kearns would've run through the wall. But I don't have to manage Dukes.

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Something is different tonight. I think this is the night the whole team quits on Acta for his inability to manage a game. This is why I always say Acta does not manage to win games. He was bringing in Hanarahan no matter what. He decided before the game started. He was bringing him in and sticking with him because of his whole stubbornness......It is past time and it is clear in the play tonight the team has given up on Acta and his paint by numbers managing.

Posted by: JayBeee | June 26, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I always wonder what deep hole in their soul makes up the trolls on message boards

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

ugh...send beer. thanks.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | June 26, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

JayBeee I agree they have quit tonight and it goes back to the call at third on Dukes but really it's the total of all the calls that go unchallenged in all the games played in all the parks that noone cheers for them.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Only 50 more to go. I suspect they should arrive at the century mark just about Labor Day!

Maybe 3 days of StanK's Red Sox love-fest was just to much for this team.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 26, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, JayBee - It was 3-1 when Hanrahan came in. He surprised by striking out the side his appearance before last. Last appearance was garbage time after Martis' route. Still, my heart sank when I saw Joel coming to the mountWas everyone else burned out? Who would you have pitched?

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I always wonder what deep hole in their soul makes up the trolls on message boards

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 10:04 PM
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Hahahahahahhahahhahahhahahhahahhahaha

Awe, poor baby. Sounds like someone's just bitter because the Natinals got beat around the field tonight.


Oh and to answer your question, it's the same deep hole of the soul that makes up the people-who-take-an-internet-blog-and-it's-posters-posts-as-serious on message boards part.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Take your meds and go to bed Poopy.

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec/Poopy McPoop sucks.

Posted by: Section505203 | June 26, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

If I was going to pinpoint a quit time, it was when Dukes was called out going 1st to 3rd, except he was safe by about 4 feet and his manager didn't budge.

Manny doesn't have Dukes' back. Dukes doesn't have Manny's. That's how it should be.

Posted by: comish4lif | June 26, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Lets give the O's some credit, this is only year 12 of their rebuilding plan and they have shot all the way up to last place and have no pitching on the way. nice job by their execs

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

and Dukes should be traded or demoted if he quits for any reason

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Boy, the natives are restless tonight. I guess an 11-1 drubbing will do that to ya.

Looked like a t-ball score.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm listening to Vin Scully call the Mariners at the Dodgers. Even My Lovely Wife enjoys listening to the stories of each batter. Did you know that the Mariners' manager's dad was born in a Japanese internment camp near L.A. during WWII? It's still a beautiful summer afternoon in Chavez Ravine. It's almost like Hanrahan's latest never happened.

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Lets give the O's some credit, this is only year 12 of their rebuilding plan and they have shot all the way up to last place and have no pitching on the way. nice job by their execs

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 10:27 PM
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BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHA.

No pitching, really?

Why don't you tell that to the rookie pitcher who beat your Natinals tonight, holding them to 1 run and improving his record to 5-2.

And the kicker, he's one the O's lesser "stud" pitchers.

Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Troy Patton, Chris Tillman, and David Hernandez are all other O's pitching prospects.

And there's still a handful more too beyond those 6 pitchers.

Hahahahahahhahhaha, no pitching on the way, ahahahahhahahahhahah

You must be REALLY bitter about tonight's loss to not only type that, but to also believe that.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

no the 30-3 beat down the Rangers give you every year is the t-ball score. ha ha ha. . . in your own house

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

awe poor baby, so bitter.

yeah just a few weeks ago the O's got beat up by the Rangers 30-3 if I recall correctly. Every year.........

At least the O's have proper spelling on their jersey's. At least it took the O's a decade of suckiness before their attendance took a nose-dive, unlike the Nats who can't even sell out their brand new stadium.

Oh yeah, they can when the Sox, Yankees, Mets, Cubs, or O's come to town.

ahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahaha

Does someone need a warm glass of milk before bedtime, precious baby?

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

God bless all in this house. Good night all. Who would've thought how hard it must be to be Joel Hanrahan, who made it to the bigs and throws 97+? May Joel and each of us be blessed with hope and gratitude, the mother of all virtues.

Posted by: flynnie2 | June 26, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

yeah the O's got pitching in the minors, but they never make it to the bigs, or they burn out, or they get traded for Kris Benson. yeah i'm not worried about their prospects cause they'll never make it. ha ha ha 12 years and counting

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

it took a decade of sucking for the fans to leave . . . gee i wonder how long it will take for them to come back. 12 years and counting ha ha ha (one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten-eleven-twelve) and going and going.

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually if you knew anything, you'd know the O's minor's had been pretty lacking in any talent for quite a time so there were no good pitchers to bring up. The only one, Bedard, got traded for a handful of players (including one current pitching stud, Tillman).

And if you consider John Maine (who was traded, along with Jorge Julio, for Benson) a big time pitcher now, well than that just shows your standards in regards to good pitching.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

On any given night, just how many people watch a Natinals game on tv, again?

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

As for the O's attendance woes and how long it'll take for them to come back. I think that question already was answered.

You see the attendance numbers for Wieter's debut? They'll come back in droves like that when the O's start winning.

Everybody likes a winner.

Boy, you're not the sharpest tool in the shed huh?

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh I see it's a very deep hole

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Just look in the mirror, pal.

You'll see just how deep it is or isn't.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, you snuck some Mountain Dew after bedtime again, didn't you?

tsk tsk...

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't deny, Mountain Dew Code Red is so good.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

how many where their for wieters 2nd game. yeah exactly. and the excuse of not having a farm system, well how did that happen its not like the O's trade prospects for players. looks like their 'execs' all suck. pull for your prospects all you want, til they get on that big league mound in front of half empty Camden Yards, the O's will still be a 5th place team

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh it makes one wonder about the confusion with in their mind that causes such a river of negative energy to spill upon the plane of existence. Like the moan of the ghost in the black of night to proclaim it is still here, but alas no one can hear such loneliness.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

O's year by year record since their last playoff appearance in 1997.

1998 4th AL East 79 83
1999 4th AL East 78 84
2000 4th AL East 74 88
2001 4th AL East 63 98
2002 4th AL East 67 95
2003 4th AL East 71 91
2004 3rd AL East 78 84
2005 4th AL East 74 88
2006 4th AL East 70 92
2007 4th AL East 69 93
2008 5th AL East 68 93
2009 5th AL East 33-40


Yep, they've been awesome and the future's so bright you gotta wear shades.

Poopy, go do some drugs that you brag about doing so much and hide yourself from reality for a while. The O's suck as bad as the Nats. Jackass.

Posted by: Section505203 | June 26, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

wow look at the big brains on cbindc, waxing poetic on us.

You go, you modern-day Whitman.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I KNEW IT....

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, well atleast Baltimore has had the same team for over 50 years.

Can the same be said for Washington?


bwhahahhahhaha

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Randy, you can't deny it either. Code Red is awesome.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's not so much a moan, more a groan. Like the locked and rusted parts of an old and forgotten windmill. Sitting lonely day after day as the weeds climb up the legs to ultimately cover it over and complete it's trip to the dark side of the dimensional plane.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

It is... I like it... but I don't drink it at 11 p.m. LOL

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

it'll be another 50 years before the O's are relevent again. that means only 38 more years to go. ha ha ha O's suck. GO NATS!

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind, it's not 11 p.m., everywhere Randy.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It is 11:20 in Gnats-town.... is there someplace else that is 1) worthy of notice or 2) not in the same time zone?

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

it'll be another 50 years before the O's are relevent again. that means only 38 more years to go. ha ha ha O's suck. GO NATS!

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:29 PM
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a broken clock's right twice a day.

oh yeah!

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

whoa cbindc are you a philosophy major or is that the blueberry . . .sour d . . .pineapple ex . . .

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

You know, modern-day Whitman, I do love me some good 'ol fashioned poetry.

I'm in the middle of Paradise Lost right now actually.

Keep it up. As long as it makes you forget about how stinky the Natinals are.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Randy, the internet does stretch all around the world where there are various time zones.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

too bad the O's are currently oh for 12 going on and on and on. looks like they dont get it right even once a day

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe mondern-day Whitman is lifting his poetry from somewhere else.

Lord knows that what I did when I was in school. Thank goodness teachers never really researched bibliographies and you could just kinda make 'em up.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The O's sure got it right today though, didn't they jTP?

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Well sometimes you have to get past all that prevents the minds enlightenment and use that enlightenment to see the world as it is and how it could be.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah cbindc. It's called opening your third-eye.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Poopy... didn't you get the memo... the world -- as it turns out -- really IS flat... the rest is all smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

And the contents before are all from me or maybe I if you prefer.

Posted by: CBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Randy, so that fat chick on The View was right huh?

Or is our world kinda like The Matrix?

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

besides we are just keeping the O's company cause their bff, the Rays, left them to contend for a title. and Tampa didn't have a team for 50 years either. not that they needed history to smack around the O's every year

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

you got it Toyota... and with that... since watching the Gnats is pretty much like the movie Ground Hog Day... I am going to bed with the fervent hope of waking up to Sonny and Cher in the a.m.

Posted by: randy_boyd | June 26, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I am the walrus.......I am the walrus.......I am the walrus......

Shut the F@ck up, Donny.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh c'mon jTP, your beloved Rays you cite have kinda come back down to earth this year.

But they're still better than the Natinals by a long shot.

Posted by: Os_Exec | June 26, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The View, that explains a lot O's exec

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

But the Rays are contending, werent they behind the O's a couple of years ago. what happened, did they actually get better? Or did the O's just get worse? I got it, it was both and now everyone in the AL East gets to crush the O's. oh wait that happens anyway. ha ha ha

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 26, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

guess you ran out of the dew, maybe next time , til then see you in the series

Posted by: jpt1002 | June 27, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

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