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Olsen Scratched From Tomorrow's Start

Scott Olsen is Washington's most experienced starter. And lately, the lefty has pitched to the standards Washington was expecting. But today, the team's expectations for Olsen -- and the plan for its rotation coming out of the all-star break -- hit a snag. After complaining of tightness in his left lat muscle, Olsen today was scratched from his next start, scheduled for Friday's game against the Cubs. As a result, Washington will start Craig Stammen tomorrow night (Friday). Jordan Zimmermann and Garrett Mock will follow.

As of now, the team has announced no plans about what comes next for Olsen, nor has it indicated the seriousness of the injury. Olsen earlier this season missed more than a month with left shoulder tendinitis. Since coming off the disabled list on June 29, he has allowed nine earned runs in 21-2/3 innings (three starts), good for a 3.74 ERA and a 1-0 record.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 16, 2009; 8:36 PM ET
 
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Comments

There's your trade bait ...

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow, they still suck. :/ Where's the offense?

Posted by: rachel216 | July 16, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

At least the pitching is solid ... Zimmerman with another throwing error.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Jim Riggelman Era

Posted by: Section506 | July 16, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Bergmann does the job.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Both Syracuse and Harrisburg are losing ... Rizzo is pushing the prospects a bit in this 2nd half.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

you know, i recall someone noticing here that Olsen's velocity was kind of down again. Plus he was already starting to get knocked around some. i wondered if something was up with his injury again.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 16, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

i missed it. zimmerman had ANOTHER throwing error?

riggleman needs to bench him.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 16, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Why does MASN show a graphic like the pitcher pitched 6.1 or 6.2 innings? 6.1 is six and one tenth. 6.2 is six and two tenths. Neither of those numbers are meaningful in baseball. The figures they mean are 6 1/3, 6 2/3 (six and one third, six and two thirds.) Can't they afford some graphics to report correctly? Using 6.1 for six and one third is just mathematically illiterate.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 16, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Its not the Riggleman era ... now for sure in this second half its the Rizzo era ...

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Tavarez: cut.
Villone: cut.
Beimel : trade.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

"Why does MASN show a graphic like the pitcher pitched 6.1 or 6.2 innings? "

6.1 and 6.2 became commonly accepted because they were cheaper to print in newspapers than the 1/3 and 2/3 characters. I'm with you, though. If you don't have to use it, why do it?

Posted by: Section506 | July 16, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Tavarez: cut ... post-game.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

And to think, I spent most of the day yesterday wishing there was a game scheduled.

Posted by: lowcountry | July 16, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Whew...good thing we got rid of Manny. Otherwise we might have hung in there long enough for the other team to blow it open in the late innings.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 16, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

New manager, same result. It doesn't matter who the manager is, this team just flat out sucks.

Posted by: rachel216 | July 16, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

...(sigh)...

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 16, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I disagree, NatsNut (about benching Zimmerman). I think his throwing problems are the result of thinking too much (not going to mention the dreaded y--- word). I don't think it's because he's loafing or anything. Sitting him might cause him just to brood about it more, compounding the problem! Perhaps he just needs to take, I dunno, 1000 ground balls (& subsequent throws to 1st) before each game. So he stops thinking about it, of course.

Posted by: ac42 | July 16, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

And Bard lets one go, to eliminate the chance for a double play. How much harder can we make it on ourselves?

By the way, Bard is a terrible, terrible catcher. Not that I've said that before. The only place I care about defense and we get the offense-first guy.

Posted by: Section506 | July 16, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

You use 6.1, etc. because everyone knows what you mean. That's all. It's simple shorthand.

Why is a batting average expressed as a 3-digit decimal fraction? It's really a percentage.

Answer: because it's baseball language.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | July 16, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Just got the chance to turn it on - 5-1, Tavares being yanked after a third and some d*ckhead is wearing a Red Sox jersey behind our dugout. Nationals baseball - catch the fever!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 16, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

3 runs charged to Julian Tavarez.....as Bob Carpenter would say see...you...later! Get the F out of here asap.

Posted by: FloresFan | July 16, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Can you use a Pitch-Back instead of a catcher in MLB.

Sure looks like it would not hurt.

Posted by: CBinDC | July 16, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Again,

Tavarez: cut.
Villone: cut.
Beimel : trade.

Bring up:
Martin.
Rivera.
Sosa.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

DL : Olsen.

Bring up: Balester.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Home run: Zimmerman.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice shot to the opposite field by Zimm.

We're still shi**y

Posted by: Kev29 | July 16, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

So, I get home in time for bottom of the 9th. Same old, same old? Or did I miss anything?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 16, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Pretty much the usual, NatsLady.

Welcome to Nats management, Skip. At least they didn't hang a 30-3 on you.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

26-62 ... we've reached a transposition of numbers ... a sacred Buddhist number ... need to check it with John Nash on this one.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Perc, ha ha. Tavarez is still on this team?? Zimm made a 2 base throwing error? Seriously, maybe he should have that arm looked at. Morgan scratched out a run... do I have it?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 16, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

6.1 is not much shorter than 6 1/3. It's just mathematically illiterate, that's all.
What does it matter if "everyone knows what it means"? It's just incorrect and kind of stupid looking. Well, more than kind of. Why does baseball make up its own math when we have a math that is centuries old? Baseball doesn't make up its own alphabet, does it? It should never have been accepted in the first place by newspaper editors.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 16, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

From Chico's post:
Scott Olsen is Washington's most experienced starter. And lately, the lefty has pitched to the standards Washington was expecting.

Boy, that could really lend itself to, er, interpretation. "standards..." Ha.

Any further word on how Olsen might be out? Can't we hang the loss on Tavarez, doesn't seem like Lannan deserves it.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 16, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

6.1 vs. 6.3333333333333....

THIS is what we are worried about? (Shaking head in sorrow.)

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 16, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Naugatuck-Nats pretty much summed it up for me at 9:30...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 16, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

(Looking back). Actually, I favor T-Nats 9:28 post.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 16, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Periculum...usually I just scroll over your nonsense. You have recently, however, been incredibly negative to several posters I truly look forward to reading. I've had enough.

Now, I will just clip excerpts from your drivel so viewers get to read your "wisdom" over and over. Just within the last couple blog posts you have provided these gems:

"I've heard that Young is on the 40-man until he reaches the 10-year mark in service? No one is going to sign him if they release him ... and the Rule 5 draft is coming up." No, its not. The Rule 5 draft occurs during the winter meetings in December. Also, Young has over 12 years of MLB service time. You could look it up. Try Google. Its good.

"Right now the best hitters are Nick, Zim, Dunn and Willingham. Nyjger could do with taking more base-on-balls." Interestingly enough, Guzman bats over .300. Also, its NYJER.

"If Mock does well enough ... and there are other starters down in Syrcuse and Harrisburg ... it almost makes Strasberg redundant. At least if he signs he will have plenty of competition." Really? If StrasBURG signs, then JD Martin and Shairon Martis in SYRACUSE are competition?

Strasburg is potentially an ace. There is not a single prospect of that caliber anywhere in our organisation.
Posted by: soundbloke | July 16, 2009"

"Lannan, Mock, and Detwiler." Comparable to Strasburg? Wow.

I really hate to be so negative. But enough is enough.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | July 16, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Cubbies 6 Natinals 2

WoW. I'm really excited about my *new-look* Nat'inals.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 16, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I haven’t posted much at all lately, but now that An Briosca Mor, aka The Neapolitan Dracula, The Boor (Bore?) of Venice, nunof1, is staked and gone, I had a few things. BTW, what a load poncedeleroy is. And thx for calling him out, LosDoceOcho. A little of pericurlyW goes a long way.

Our All-Star now leads MLB in 3B errors? OK, tied with Boni, a second baseman. Get on the bench, boy.

Flynnie, now that Norris has cracked the top 50 minor leaguers, Brian says that he will be catching at Potomac. When he does, he may link up with a Suns’ battery mate in the 8th or 9th, Osvaldo Rodriguez, who was up for the last few games of the PNats run last year. This year a bit earlier. He has just turned 25, long in the tooth.
BinM has indicated elsewhere that Ozzie doesn’t have a breaking ball for strikes to brag about, but others have said that his curve ball is a “deadly and almost unhittable pitch.” I hope some PNats NJ fans will get a look at his out pitch and report 12/6, 1/5 or something else.

Here is an old chart with Ozzie on it at age 20. Note #s 3and 6. Interesting.

Minors Value Index, 2004 Los Angeles Dodgers Starters (Minimum 40 IP)
1. Greg Miller, LHP, Jacksonville 245.51
2. Edwin Jackson, RHP, Jacksonville 227.35
3. Chad Billingsley, RHP, Ogden 212.16
4. Osvaldo Rodriguez, RHP, South Georgia 202.69
5. Mike Megrew, LHP, Ogden 202.36
6. Joel Hanrahan, RHP, Las Vegas 187.20

Okay, a quiz. If we draft SS, we will then have two number one overall MLB draft picks in our organization. Who is the second? “He could start a fight in a monastery." “Once he was so angry with himself after an error he made cost his team a game that he slept on second base all night.” A potential, future manager of ours. Drafted number 5 that year? Another potential, future manager of ours.

Finally, if anyone collects old Senators/Nats stuff, there are three World Series programs being sold in one lot at auction on Saturday. 1924, 1925, and 1933. I know that commercial stuff is not for this site, so I won’t mention the seller, but if anyone wants to know, I’ll whisper the locale to them. Maybe Phil Wood knows someone interested? I’d prefer they go to one of you or other local fans rather than some out-of-towner(s). Riggleman may remember Valentine and O’Connell, but I’m back at Mcdermott (pinch-hitting pitcher), Valdivielso, Porterfield, Plews, bleachers, Griffith Stadium, doubleheader, 75 cents.

Go Nats! (okay, Sens!)

Posted by: nova_g_man | July 16, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

LDO,

Nicely played. The tough guy stuff with 506 and making fun of NatsNut and 1a was to much for me as well.

Posted by: Section505203 | July 16, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Nova!

Glad to hear from ya.

I hate to disappoint you but our favorite bloviating, multiple monikered donkey will be back I'm sure, probably under yet another moniker.

God help us all.

Posted by: Section505203 | July 16, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh gee as the torch would say FLAME ON>>>>

"I really hate to be so negative. But enough is enough.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | July 16, 2009 "

First LosDoceOcho what the f&&& kind of FEM name is that? Did you see it on cerial box? The "sweet eye"? Does that mean you do something naughty? Is Hershey highway your specialty? Sheeesh, what a moron.

You leave yourself open for so much alt.flame abuse it's pathetic.

~really laughing now~

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

First LosDoceOcho what the f&&& kind of FEM name is that? Did you see it on cerial box? The "sweet eye"? Does that mean you do something naughty? Is Hershey highway your specialty? Sheeesh, what a moron.

You leave yourself open for so much alt.flame abuse it's pathetic.

~really laughing now~

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse
______________________
Periculum-

I normally stay out of these sorts of arguments, but you've earned it at this point. I'm no native spanish speaker, but "Doce" would be spanish for 12, and "Ocho" would be spanish for 8 if I remember correctly from highschool. So his name translates roughly to "the 12 8." I don't know specifically what that refers to, but maybe where his tickets are in the stadium? Certainly not a cereal box. Also, "eye" in spanish is "ojo," not "ocho." All this information could be found on Google. It'd be much more constructive for you to look things up before you waste time making fun of somebody, and calling them an idiot, when you are in fact wrong.

Please do us all a favor and do a minute of research before you post. Just 1 minute and your posts will become tolerable. Also, please refrain from personal attacks as it benefits nobody and contributes nothing to your arguments, the discussion, or this website. Thanks.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | July 17, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"Also, "eye" in spanish is "ojo," not "ocho." All this information could be found on Google. It'd be much more constructive for you to look things up before you waste time making fun of somebody, and calling them an idiot, when you are in fact wrong."

I am in fact educated in Italian at the Universita per Stranieri ... like "cave canem" Latin for "beware of the dog" or "beware or I'll sing" it can mean either thing ... "sweet eye" or "12 or 8", in other words: dialect.

Look it up.

Posted by: periculum | July 17, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

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