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Stephen Strasburg in Washington -- in April?

After the Nationals refigured their pitching schedule to cope with the rain, Stephen Strasburg will still start Sunday against the Cardinals. That keeps him on a potentially interesting pace, one that could have him making a start in Washington even if he begins the year in the minor leagues.

Sheinin pointed out to me today that if you extrapolate Strasburg's schedule so he pitches every fifth day, he would need to pitch April 3 - the day the Nationals host the Red Sox at Nationals Park in an end-of-spring exhibition. Pitching him that game would draw an outstanding gate - a weekend day game and Strasburg pitching in his major league city for the first time against a marquee opponent. It would also keep Strasburg on pace to throw April 8 in the season opener for Class A Potomac.

That's something to keep in mind down the road. More immediately, the Nationals have their rotation set for the coming days, and they'll use some intrasquad games to make it work:

Saturday major league game: Scott Olsen (three innings), Drew Storen (one), Matt Capps (one), Matt Chico (two), Sean Burnett

Saturday intrasquad: Aaron Thompson, Colin Balester, Jason Bergmann, Atahualpa Severino

Sunday major league: Stephen Strasburg, Livan Hernandez, Doug Slaten, Ron Villone, Brian Bruney, Jesse English

Sunday intrasquad: Miguel Batista, Shairon Martis, Tyler Clippard

Monday major league: Garrett Mock, Luis Atilano, Tyler Walker, Sean Burnett, Drew Storen

Monday intrasquad: J.D. Martin

And one more note: Juan Jaime has yet to pitch this spring in a game, and the Nationals have shut him down from throwing at all over the next couple of days because he is experiencing elbow tendinitis. Last year in Class A, Jaime struck out 12.3 batters per nine innings and had a 2.10 ERA in 14 games, 12 of which he started.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 12, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
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Ah, the Jaime mystery solved. Thanks, Adam.

Posted by: BinM | March 12, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they sell-out April 3rd? ;)

Posted by: periculum | March 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering about Jaime ... sheesh another TJ on the way?

Posted by: periculum | March 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

They don't need S Squared for a big draw against the Bostons. It's the Red Sox stupid. Can you say Standing Room?

Posted by: dovelevine | March 12, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe by then Stan Kasten will have signed those "International" players he was talking about?

Posted by: periculum | March 12, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! I had high hopes for Juan Jaime hopefully some rest will help, he has some good stuff and would love to see him use it in Washington in a couple of years.

Adam - any updates from minor league camp, when do they sart exhibition games? I am interested in hearing about Marrero, McGeary, Hood and Burgess's progress.

Posted by: markfd | March 12, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that if the Golden Boy pitches in DC against the Red Sox, there'll be more Sox fans there watching than Natinal fans.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 12, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

In Balimer you would probably get more fans to watch LAX games between Hopkins and Syracuse than Orioles games. Too much bird poop in between innings at Camden Yards.

Posted by: periculum | March 12, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

How many games to the Natinals, what with their new stadium and the novelty of being the "new" team in town, sell out?

Oh right, some of the most attended games at Natinal stadium have come when the O's have played there.

Hahahahhahahaha

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Only in Balimer would they prefer to want watch a team from Syracuse in Camden Yahhhds ... always did like being a farm team.

Posted by: periculum | March 12, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yo Poopy, as a longtime Nats fan, I agree that our attendance stinks and we often get outnumbered when certain teams come to town. But no Orioles fan can talk smack about opposing teams taking over Nats Park. Oriole Park is called Fenway South for a reason. And it ain't because of its old-timey charm.

Posted by: rodeorob | March 12, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

If Strasburg pitches the exhibition game, I will attend. However, Methinks, Shenin and Kilgore are just rattling our cages.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | March 12, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I've had my tix for some time, so I'll be there either way.

p.s. Don't feed the trolls.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 12, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

DFTFT

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 12, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

OK, NJ old timers: What was the name of the O's fan who bedeviled us the first few years? I can't remember, but he/she was entertaining/vexing. Is PMcP the same person?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 12, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

O's Exec

May not have the spelling or capitalization right there, but it's close enough...

PMcP may be the same, but I don't detect the same good natured-ness and better humor of poking that O's Exec had (albeit a _very slightly_ better good natured-ness and humor)... but that could just be time and senility on my part...

Posted by: OldDude | March 12, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

From Boz's column:
"The team now, the team on Opening Day isn't the team you're going to see later in the season. That's what's exciting," said team president Stan Kasten. "There are different road maps for building a team. But on any compass, starting pitching will be magnetic north. We don't have to go out and get it. It's here."
***************
There's only one reasonable way to look at our starting pitching. It *may be* here. Which is to say, it may not be here.

If Stan is really saying that the Nat's FO is happy with the current makeup of the pitching staff, well I for one am disappointed.

Counting on Wang and Olsen and Zimmermann and Detwiler and Chico and others to return from surgery as quality MLB pitchers is a big gamble.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 12, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Folks: P_McP is a semi-regular over on the football blog, & has been for some time, IIRC. O's Exec was some putz who got his 15 seconds of fame back when Lindsay Applebaum had her own short-lived blog in the Sports section.

Posted by: BinM | March 12, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, Wigi did the math on Strasburg's starts about two weeks ago.

I am hoping that ESPN televises the exhibition if he does pitch against the Red Sox. I figure the odds are good since ESPN televises ALL the Red Sox games anyway.

Posted by: lowcountry | March 12, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Adam, thought you might want to know RedSox "nation" (Ugh) will make that game close to a sellout anyway.
Why would the Nats trot out Strasburg when it will be a sellout or extremely close anyway?
PS-Nats won a game yet?
http://www.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124&sid=c57ef080089cf43a1b243f083050e886

Posted by: CJArlington | March 12, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I HOPE IT RAINS ONE MORE DAY SO THEY CAN BUMP HIM BACK TO MONDAY AGAINST HALLADAY YOU GOT NO BALLS RIZZO

Posted by: Brue | March 12, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"If Stan is really saying that the Nat's FO is happy with the current makeup of the pitching staff, well I for one am disappointed."

Stan also said that we would be seeing some big (Cuban?) International signings ... any day? Noting that Jose Julio Ruiz has changed agents .... ;) He's higher ranked than Leslie Anderson.

There are some catchers and a few more pitchers ... Mike Rizzo?

Posted by: periculum | March 12, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

No. No. A thousand times no. It can be in the 40s and damp for these first weekend of April cash cows for StanK. Please, do the right thing. Do not throw the 'Burg in these damp, cold environs until June.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | March 12, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

@Sunshine: I have to agree with you & discount Sheinen's 'speculation'. There's absolutely no rational reason to have Strasburg pitch in the April 3 exibition game, unless Kasten & the Lerners are only looking for ticket sales (for one game); RedSox Nation will probably show up in-force to fill the house, regardless of who's on the mound.

Strasburg might 'catch a ride' north with the Nationals 25-man, but only because he's starting the season in POT, and needs time to settle in.

Posted by: BinM | March 12, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

@peric: I, for one can no longer buy into what Kasten says to the press for general consumption. He's a used-car / snake-oil selling huckster until someone like Boswell goads him into a snippet of the truth.

There may be some International signings in the pipeline, but they may be from the D.R., Venezuela, Curacao, or even Mars for all we know. Rizzo controls the roster now, not StanK.

Posted by: BinM | March 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

We need a game ... ;)

Posted by: periculum | March 13, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

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