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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.

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 18, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
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I think this must be a 'Mad-Lib' for Nats beat writers:
________ _________ aiming for _________ return

John Patterson, Shawn Hill, Nick Johnson, Ryan Church, Chad Cordero, Dmitri Young, et al.

It usually doesn't work out as planned.

Posted by: NATurallyYours | June 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't aim, Scott. Just pitch.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 18, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Miss that Olsen, hope he comes back.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | June 18, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

These time estimates are about as accurate as the congressional budget office.

Posted by: Tom8 | June 18, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Get well, Scotty, and we'll see you back here.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

NATurally, at least that's better than the luck of some past squads, when it would have been more like this:

"After the game, (Nats player) was feeling some discomfort in his (body part), but only when he (verb). As a precaution, the team sent him for a (medical test), which was followed by an appointment with (doctor's name). On the doctor's advice, (Nats player) underwent (medical procedure). The procedure was a success. (Nats player) is expected to begin rehabbing in (name of month), and should be fine by (time point in current or future season)."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 18, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Put these 5 players in the correct order based on the date they will pitch a quality start for the Washington Nationals.
Scott Olsen
Jason Marquis
CM Wang
Ross Detwiler
Jordan Zimmermann

My guess.
Zimmermann (April 2011)
Marquis (April 2011)
Olsen (May 2011)
Wang (July 2011)
Detwiler (September 2011)

Posted by: Sunderland | June 18, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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