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Scott Olsen sent to 15-day DL

Washingtion Nationals pitcher Scott Olsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness around his left shoulder, the team announced immediately after a 7-6 victory over Baltimore tonight at Nationals Park.

The move was revealed only hours after Manager Jim Riggleman said Olsen was scheduled to miss just one start and that he was unsure if the left-hander would be put on the DL.

"We knew he was going to miss a start," Riggleman said. "At this point the training staff doesn't want him to play catch for about five days, which means by the time he throws a good bullpen session or two, it turns into two starts, so instead of going a man short, we just [put Olsen on the disabled list]. It's no guarantees, but my hope is that he only misses two."

Olsen left yesterday's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles after just three innings with what was described as stiffness in his left shoulder. Olsen gave up four earned runs on six hits and three walks. He threw 64 pitches, 41 for strikes.

Riggleman said Olsen has been experiencing discomfort over his past three starts but that he managed to get through the first two before finally reaching a breaking point last night. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage, Riggleman said.

Olsen was slated to pitch on Thursday, when the Nationals are at San Francisco during the start of a West Coast trip. Washington has an off day on Monday before leaving for San Francisco.

"Because of the off day, we can pitch people on their regular day up until the 29th or 30th, so I'm not sure yet how we'll do that, if we'll see if [Miguel] Batista is available, or if we have to make a roster move, something like that. I don't know," Riggleman said. "Right now we're just counting on maybe Scott only being a few days off, and depending on how much the bullpen was used before that, we could fill our spot from within. The first couple days on the road trip will help tell us that."

Olsen is 2-2 this season with a 3.77 ERA. In eight starts, Olsen has pitched 43 innings with 45 hits, 14 walks and 42 strikeouts.

Olsen started the season in the minors, then came close to tossing a no-hitter and had emerged as among the most effective starters in the major leagues. In his comeback from shoulder surgery, Olsen's year had been on the upswing until this latest setback.

The news comes on the heels of No. 1 starter John Lannan having missed a start this month because of swelling in his left elbow. Matt Chico, in his first big league start in nearly two years, took Lannan's turn in the rotation and pitched well, although he did not get a decision in a 5-4 win against Florida.

By Gene Wang  |  May 22, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Scott Olsen  
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It won't happen, but I know everyone is thinking that the kid from San Diego State could fill in on May 29, given he's likely up for a start on the 4th. But like I said, it ain't happening. The messiah is coming, but he'll start at home.

Posted by: elijah383 | May 22, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

this isnt good we lose a pitcher whos been pitiching good recently and our starting catcher left the game with a back injury. i know he wasnt expecting to play tommorow. but do we even have a back up catcher for the game tommorow

Posted by: geai | May 22, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I was incensed at the Morgan play initially, then realized that he clearly thought the ball had cleared the fence. So he threw his little fit without realizing, or looking to see, where the ball really was. Stupid stupid stupid. A major league player simply cannot act like that. Loved him last year. Needs to get his head together immediately before he blows this. His performance is just plain minor league.

Posted by: NatsFly | May 22, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Seeing the play again, I do think we are over reacting to this. He was wrong doing what he did, but he didn't stay in the play because he thought the ball went over the fence. Nyjer really brought a new energy to this team last year and did a lot of good things earlier this season. People on here comparing him to Milledge are just plain stupid. Every player goes through a slump. I give Riggs credit for treating this the way he did. I am sure he will get an earful in the clubhouse, but showing him up in the dugout would have lost the players respect.

Posted by: Tom8 | May 22, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else concerned about Zimmerman's propensity for sidearm throws from third to first? At least once a game he forces Dunn off the bag to make a tag of a runner barreling down the line. This is a really dangerous play. Has anyone else noticed this and is anyone working with Zimm at all on his throws?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 22, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Bryce Harper with aluminum on Saturday:
6 for 6, 4 HRs, 2B, 3B, 9 RBI as CSN moves on to the JC World Series.
He also had another six-hit game on Friday, which included a cycle and six RBI.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | May 22, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

That should be amended to say
"Bryce Harper with wood on Saturday"

JC Baseball use wood bats.

Surely an oversight on your behalf.

Posted by: ElBigChroizo | May 23, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Not all JUCO is wood bat only. The NJCAA Junior College World Series, where this game was, is metal, I'm pretty sure.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 23, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I think it's just you, DL. He gets to balls most others don't, and hurried throws sometimes sail. It happens.
Is anyone else concerned about Zimmerman's propensity for sidearm throws from third to first? At least once a game he forces Dunn off the bag to make a tag of a runner barreling down the line. This is a really dangerous play. Has anyone else noticed this and is anyone working with Zimm at all on his throws?

Posted by: dovelevine | May 22, 2010 11:15 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 23, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

No oversight. Post-season play for JCs use aluminum. Most conferences do as well, Harper's is one of 2 or 3 that uses wood in the country.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | May 23, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

it's time to bring Chico back up

Posted by: destewar | May 23, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

When can we start the "Bring Harper up now!" posts?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 23, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

correction, he's in the regional tournament. The JUCO WS starts next week.

link to the gamer

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | May 23, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Too many Nationals players have their mouths stuffed with tobacco. I think it foggs their judgement on the field sometimes. Riggleman should not allow it. It's rather distrubing to see.

Posted by: astrober1 | May 23, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, interesting theory for T. Plush's erratic play of late -- nicotine poisoning...I thought he clearly deserved the lusty booing he got at his next AB, and just as clearly impressed with his focus by getting a base hit despite the crowd and clearly being totally P.O.ed at himself moments earlier. Hope you get it back together dude, this team would be worse off without you...

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | May 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

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