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J.D. Martin likely to start Saturday

The Nationals know who will start Saturday in place of Scott Olsen, Manager Jim Riggleman said, but they aren't ready to make an official. Reading some tea leaves makes the starter pretty clear, though.

General Manager Mike Rizzo said yesterday that either Matt Chico or J.D. Martin would make the start. As he spoke, Chico was in the middle of throwing 92 pitches for Class AAA Syracuse. Since it's unfathomable the Nationals would ask Chico to come back on three days rest after that workload, count on Martin to start against the San Diego Padres.

Martin, who made 15 starts last season, is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA this year for Syracuse.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 26, 2010; 9:36 PM ET
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Pfffft......I'm not listening to anymore media "experts" and their speculation on who's going to start when.

Ohhh...what the heck, just picked up 6 Diamond club tickets just in case. Can't miss a chance to see a Martin start!

Posted by: grimesman | May 26, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The FO is just leaking this info to try to kill sales in San Diego--hurt the competition. It's a conspiracy, I tell ya.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 26, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the sentiment and everything you say - except does San Diego have a Diamond club? :)

Posted by: marathoner | May 26, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Just bought plane tix!

Hope I can resell those if this turns out not to be true...

Posted by: grimesman | May 26, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly. $63 seems to be the top end

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 26, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Damn the Lerners! How could they announce the starter for this Saturday BEFORE they announce the starter for a week from next Tuesday? Those bastards! I want my money back for the tickets I bought for a week from next Friday!

Posted by: thelonghaul | May 26, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

You're buying, like, one measly ticket from the MLB site? Dude, you gotta buy up a huge block of seats so you can sell them at a huge mark-up when it leaks out that Martin is starting and demand shoots up. Geez, do I have to spell everything out for you people? :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 26, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

And the Last Comic Standing preliminaries continue :)

Posted by: jpt1002 | May 26, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

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