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John Lannan set for Thursday

After throwing a bullpen session today, Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan remained on schedule to return Thursday against the Colorado Rockies after missing one start with swelling in his left elbow. Lannan approached his throwing in the bullpen as he would during any other start and felt no pain in his arm.

"They were just looking to see if anything bothered me," Lannan said. "Nothing bothered me. If I missed a spot, I came back and I fixed it. I was throwing all the pitches I was before without any pain."

Lannan had played long toss, lifted weights and ran before today, his typical routine building up to a start. But before this afternoon, he had not thrown a pitch at full speed since May 2, the day of his last start.

"It was a good feeling to know I could toss," Lannan said. "But today was the day I wanted to see if I could let it go at game speed. I felt good. I let some go, and I felt really good."

Lannan will make only one change from prior to his injury. He will wear a red compression sleeve on his left elbow, covering half his bicep and half his forearm. Lannan hates wearing anything loose, especially around his wrists, when he pitches. But Nationals trainers ordered one, and when he tried it, he liked it. "It feels good," Lannan said. "So I'm going to wear it."

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 10, 2010; 5:49 PM ET
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