The state of the Nationals bullpen
The Nationals used only three relievers in their 13-inning loss yesterday to the Dodgers, but the strain of the game left most of their bullpen fatigued beyond the wear it endured in the actual game.
Brian Bruney threw 13 pitches in one inning, Matt Capps threw 28 in two and Miguel Batista threw 46 in three. But they weren't the only ones who worked. Sean Burnett warmed up three or four times, so even though he did not enter the game, "that's almost like pitching a couple innings in itself," Manager Jim Riggleman said. Tyler Clippard also warmed up yesterday, the day after he pitched two innings, so if he's available today it won't be for long.
Today, Tyler Walker and Jesse English are the most-rested relievers. Capps played catch today and may be available for one inning. The onus, really, falls on Scott Olsen to save the bullpen from another long workday.
"It's one of those days where whoever has the ball, sometimes you got to be out there for a while," Riggleman said. "It's going to be a little bit of a challenge. We don't want to overuse people in the bullpen."
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