Scott Olsen could return late this month
Nationals starter Scott Olsen, one of the team's most consistent pitchers until stiffness in his surgically repaired left shoulder forced him to the disabled list, is progressing during his rehab in Viera, Fla., and will be ready to return to the Nationals by around July 20, according to Olsen's agent, Matt Sosnick.
Olsen, who is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA, last pitched May 21. He left the start after three innings with inflammation in his left shoulder. In 2009, Olsen's season ended in May when he underwent major surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. In the five starts before his truncated final outing, Olsen went 2-0 with a 1.11 ERA.
Olsen will join a cavalcade of starting pitchers set to potentially return or debut for the Nationals after the all-star break. Injured pitchers Jordan Zimmermann, Chien-Ming Wang, Ross Detwiler and Jason Marquis could all join the Nationals in August. Also, opening day starter John Lannan is pitching at Class AA Harrisburg in an attempt to regain his form.
On Saturday night, Zimmermann made his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. He allowed no runs on no walks and two hits in two innings.
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