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Scott Olsen to miss next start

Washingtion Nationals pitcher Scott Olsen is scheduled to miss his next turn in the rotation because of soreness around his left shoulder, according to Manager Jim Riggleman, and there appears at least a chance he could be out even longer.

"I wouldn't say DL yet," Manager Jim Riggleman said, "but the update is he just got some inflammation, you know, just sore, not going to throw a ball for four or five days. That means he's going to miss his next start for sure. Whether that means we bump him completely from a start or just push it back a few days, I don't know yet."

Olsen left yesterday's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park 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 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; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Scott Olsen  
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Comments

I rather expect a DL trip is on the way. Good luck to Scott. Any update of Norris? That sounded very scary.

Posted by: NatsFly | May 22, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Who's in line to spot start from AAA or AA?

Posted by: inthestreetindustry | May 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Tightening & soreness around an area that has been surgically repaired isn't great news, but this may only set Olsen back a start or two. At least there are reasonably competent SP's in the minors at this point; Chico, J.D. Martin & even Martis have proven they can get MLB hitters out in the recent past.

If Olsen has to go down for a short period, so be it; There are now proven backups available, unlike the previous years.

Posted by: BinM | May 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Forgot the closing statement - "You can never have enough pitching".

Posted by: BinM | May 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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