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John Lannan on track to make next start

Still miffed at his elbow tendon tightening in the fifth inning Thursday night, starting pitcher John Lannan remains on pace to make his regularly scheduled next start Tuesday. Lannan played catch today and his flexor tendon responded well enough that he'll throw his usual bullpen session tomorrow.

"It feels fine," Lannan said. "It just tightened up. It feels better today than it did last night, which is good. It just sucks that that happened. Hopefully with the warmer weather, it won't happen again."

Lannan said his injury, even at its worst, does not require surgery. Lannan said his "mind was racing" trying to figure out why his elbow stiffened in the fifth inning Thursday night.

He did not want to make excuses, but the conditions were awful for a pitcher. He had not pitched in 10 days. It was rainy and cold. The Nationals sent seven men to the plate and scored four runs the previous inning, making for a long layoff.

Before the fifth, Lannan had shut out the Rockies while allowing two hits and two walks. In the fifth, he walked two and allowed four hits, leading to four runs.

"I'm concerned about everything," Lannan said. "I'm concerned about my health. I'm not concerned, but it's like, I got to get better. I don't know what is.

"I'm not worried about what happened yesterday. It just sucks that it had to happen."

The conditions, certainly, played a major factor. General Mike Rizzo blamed them, and Lannan assumes the heat and humidity of Washington will help make it a non-issue.

"If it's 90 degrees and this things flares up again, then we need to talk," Lannan said. "I'm pretty confident it's going to be gone. It went away before. It was gone, you know? I had no problems. I think it came back because of the situation. I'm hoping for the best, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to kick this thing."

While he watched film of the game, Lannan thought he looked and pitched like himself in the first four innings. Even when he allowed a double, Troy Tulowitzki hit a good pitch. In the fifth, he could something was amiss. Pitches normally low in the strike zone stayed up. "It wasn't me," Lannan said. "I was still trying to attack the zone, and everything was up."

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 14, 2010; 8:26 PM ET
Categories:  John Lannan , Pitching rotation  
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Put that on your tombstone

> It just sucks that that happened.

Posted by: Brue | May 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

This all sounds very murky and like whistling as you pass the graveyard. These mystery arm ailments never seem to just pass away, they get worse and culminate in surgery. Is there some reason not to get this checked out?

Posted by: Natmeister | May 15, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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