Scott Olsen aiming for July return
Scott Olsen, currently recovering from a shoulder injury at the Nationals' extended spring training in Viera, Fla., plans to return to the majors within "three or four weeks," his agent Matt Sosnick said today.
After reporting to Viera, Olsen began playing catch Tuesday. He hopes to pitch in a minor league rehab assignment in two or three weeks, then return to the Nationals rotation.
Olsen last pitched May 21, when he left his start against the Baltimore Orioles with stiffness and inflammation in his surgically repaired left shoulder. The Nationals placed Olsen on the disabled list the next day. Olsen was on track to return shortly after his 15-day stint, but he felt weakness in his shoulder while playing catch in early June. Olsen stopped throwing and restarted his throwing program.
Before his shoulder flared up, Olsen had become one of the best pitchers in the Nationals' rotation. In the five starts before, Olsen went 2-0 with a 1.11 ERA.
June 18, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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