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.
May 22, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
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