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Olsen, Wells Look Strong in Rehab Appearances

After throwing three scoreless innings in a rehabilitation start Tuesday with Class A Potomac, Scott Olsen will make his next start with Class AAA Syracuse.

Olsen, on the disabled list since May 18 with shoulder tendinitis, threw 34 pitches and then a bullpen session in a 7-1 win over the Winston-Salem Dash. He allowed three hits, struck out four batters and reached 92 mph with his fastball.

"He threw the ball well," Manager Manny Acta said, adding: "We were encouraged by it. He feels really good; I talked to him today."

Acta also cautioned that "it's only the first phase of his rehab." Olsen, expected to rejoin the Nationals' starting rotation once he is healthy, will throw 55 to 60 pitches in his next start.

Reliever Kip Wells joined Olsen in Potomac on Tuesday. Wells, on the disabled list retroactive to May 31 with a right adductor strain, threw eight pitches in complete inning and did not allow any runs or hits. After the brief appearance, Wells threw a bullpen session.

Wells will make another appearance in Potomac and throw two innings, and then make back-to-back appearances so he is ready when he returns to Washington.

Meanwhile, Matt Chico struggled in an appearance with Class A Hagerstown in his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. He allowed two runs on three hits - including a home run - with two strike outs in two innings in a 4-3 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws.

"He had one long inning," Acta said. "We had to take him out of the game after that."

The injury has derailed Chico, a left-hander, from what appeared to be a sure spot in the Nationals' starting rotation. Last year, after a 7-9 rookie season in 2007, Chico was ineffective and struggled with elbow problems before undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery on July 3.

"He's got a ways to go still to be competing at this level," Acta said. "We're going to take it one step at a time with him. He's going to continue to start every five days, and after his rehab is up, we're going to have to make a decision."

By Mark Viera  |  June 10, 2009; 8:12 PM ET
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Down 2-0 already, how does Acta continue to manage this debacle. If my numbers are correct this team avg's one win per week. Yikes!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 10, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Martis is looking really good again. Too bad we can get him any support. Is he becoming another John Lannon?

BTW Holliday really makes me miss Carpenter.

Posted by: twinbrook | June 10, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Winston-Salem Dash?
Why on earth would you trade Warthogs for that as your team name? I understand rebranding, but yikes.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | June 10, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

uh can someone tell me why Zim just bunted?! Wasting outs, I really don't get this team. Why would he bunt with no one on and down two? This team confuses me. :/

Posted by: rachel216 | June 10, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Got new-posted.

Rizzo is obviously not GM material. Great for scouting and I think he should stick to what he's great at. It's a serious issue because working the FA/trade market I believe is much different from working a draft.

And as it stands if we're going get a reliable offense we're going to be headed back to the FA/trade market before ST 2010.

Martis is throwing a good game and with the best we have to offer for the lineup (for 1 - 6 at least) we can't get him any run support.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 10, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Re-post response

"Rizzo is obviously not GM material. Great for scouting and I think he should stick to what he's great at. It's a serious issue because working the FA/trade market I believe is much different from working a draft."
SOT: WH-A-A-T? The team is in the middle of the 2009 Amateur draft; Rizzo is doing what he's supposed to do - re-stocking a relatively barren franchise with players. They may not be the best based on Baseball America's "list", or in KLaw's mind, but there are some solid players among those drafted to date.

Regardless of what occurs in this year's draft, the Nationals were probably going to be players in this year's FA market, given the number of current players on the last year of their ML contracts, so what's your point?

Posted by: BinM | June 10, 2009 8:43 PM

Posted by: BinM | June 10, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Right, fire another GM. Two in one year! Fire Manny. Fire the pitching coach. You can't fire the owners.

Rizzo is not to blame. He was operating within a limited budget, and maybe he did OK within those constraints. I always thought Jimbo did well within his financial constraints.

I wonder how many Best Players Available Rizzo had to call before he found someone who would sign for below slot? 8? 12? 15?

Posted by: EdDC | June 10, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Down two in the eighth inning, is this really the low pressure situation they were seeking for Hanrahan? Are they going to say he is better and make him the closer again next week?

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | June 10, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo has done a fantastic job with this draft. In every draft we've had with Rizzo on the job we've done well. I hope we have him around for a long time.

Being GM though is about more than just drafting players. FA/trade you need to consider age, what you're getting for what you're giving up. What you might get out of a guy in trade bait in near and long term. There's many more dimensions to it. That's just scratching the surface.

But let's just put all that aside for the moment and even give him the benefit of the doubt about FA/trade. There's still managing what you've got. How does he really feel about Manny? If he had no limitations on what he could do and it was all his baby what would he really do? Would he can Manny?

Even with this draft his communication of the club's interests has been wishy-washy. When he gets out of his evaluator/draft context he seems to get a bit lost.

Why is he still acting GM? Does that mean Stan and the Lerners are the losers and only Rizzo knows what's going on? I doubt that.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 10, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

And when I say going to FA/trade I realise that's a given. I mean is doing it well and coming away with decent people without giving up all our good stuff in return.

We all know what happened with Jimbo and I agree he actually made some good deals with a very limited budget but I think that was a good as he could do. Give him Epstein's budget and he still would have screwed the pooch. We don't want to make that same mistake again.

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

Our starters are getting Lannanstammendetwilermartised.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | June 10, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

With Hanrahan is seems like as long as there's at least 1 inning left for someone to potentially make up for any crap he might do then he relaxes and pitches well. If he can never overcome that then he can't ever be the closer and Manny shouldn't try to make him be one.

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 10, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Rain delay in the bottom of the 9th!

Posted by: bigmook | June 10, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse


i guess we can just put another 1 in the L column.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | June 10, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

No way they continue it. Sigh :(

Posted by: amorris525 | June 10, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Looks like about an hour of rain and storms blowing though, give or take a few minutes. What's the protocol - how long would umps give it?

Posted by: Kev29 | June 10, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

We have a baserunner (on first), no outs - Willingham at the plate and we ar down 2-0.

I know it is the 9th and we haven't done anything offensively for 8 innings, but still Willingham at the plate with Dukes on base!

Posted by: bigmook | June 10, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I think they have to wait it out at least 45 minutes before making a decision to end the game. I think, with some luck (Ha! Like we ever have any luck!), that the rain may be through by that time. It's already lightened up quite a bit here in Wild West Fairfax.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: bigmook | June 10, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

@SOT - re Rizzo:
Rizzo is still the acting GM possibly because the Lerner's will wait until the end of 2009 to assess his situation; if they feel he has acquited himself well, he'll be re-hired; if they think they can do better, they'll look elsewhere.

The draft is only part of the test, and is most likely the part he'll "ace". The roster moves / trades this year will make up the remainder.

I'm already on-board with the draft picks so far; The call-ups / FA's from the minors have by-and-large been mixed to date: Stammen / Detwiler / Villone / MacDougal as positives, Mock / Wells / Maxwell as "washes", and Cintron / Colome as "busts", imo.
The only ML trade (Kensing for Gunderson) was a bust, but the window is still open, so that score is subject to change.

Posted by: BinM | June 10, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse


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

John Lannon -- a singer/songwriter who's always around the plate with his pitches.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Second that. I always thought Warthogs was an awesome team name (as long as we beat 'em).


Winston-Salem Dash?
Why on earth would you trade Warthogs for that as your team name? I understand rebranding, but yikes.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | June 10, 2009 8:32 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 11, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

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