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Craig Stammen will start Tuesday

Craig Stammen, demoted to Class AAA Syracuse on the day Stephen Strasburg made his first career start, will start tomorrow for the Nationals. Stammen will effectively replace John Lannan, whom the Nationals optioned to Class AA Harrisburg last week.

In 12 starts for the Nationals, Stammen went 1-2 with a 5.43 ERA. The Nationals sent him to the minors June 8, the game after he allowed the Cincinnati Reds one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.

In three starts for Syracuse, Stammen went 2-0 and allowed five earned runs in 20 innings, a 2.25 ERA, while walking three and striking out 10. In his second start, Stammen came within one out of throwing a seven-inning no-hitter.

The Nationals will make a corresponding roster move either after tonight's game or tomorrow upon officially calling up Stammen.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 28, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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If they have decided to go with Stammen for the start, the choices aren't that hard to make. In fact, it's fairly obvious, that Joel Peralta will be send down. Which is kinda sad, considering he hasn't been a chance to show whether or not he can be a valuable asset this season.

Man,I cant wait for Rizzo to get up off his duff and acquire some real starting pitching. Waiting for his (no guarantee) reinforcements is becoming a pain.

Posted by: KenzAFan | June 28, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

If Peralta goes down, I think he'd have to pass through a DFA / waiver first (as would Batista, Walker, or Slaten). I wouldn't be suprised if it were Walker instead, since Riggleman has avoided him recently.
In other news, Carlos Maldonado started a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast Nationals Sunday; They'll have to make the call on him in two weeks (DFA / waiver) as well. Could this spell the end of Wil Nieves with the Nationals?

Posted by: BinM | June 28, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

(obligatory) Who?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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