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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.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 4, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
 
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Would be great to have a healthy Olsen back on the mound.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 4, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I echo that sentiment, although I find it ludicrous to call someone who was only in action for about a month "consistent."

Posted by: paulkp | July 4, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

He's consistently hurt, that's Olsen's consistency.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | July 4, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Everybody, get your @$$es over to mlb.com and vote for Zim for the NL All-Star team. Each vote requires entering a 5-digit "captcha", but that's the only limitation I encountered in voting.

Posted by: bertbkatz | July 4, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Is his agent also a doctor?

Posted by: p_chuck | July 5, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

It is odd that his agent is saying he'll be ready to pitch in the majors in 2 weeks.

It is even more odd that it is being reported as a legitimate story by the WaPo.

I'd prefer to hear what Rizzo says about Olsen, not his agent.
Because from where I sit, Olsen will definitely not be ready to pitch for the Nationals in 2 weeks.
But I doubt that will create a headline for the WaPo.

Posted by: Sunderland | July 5, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer to hear what Rizzo says about Olsen, not his agent.
Because from where I sit, Olsen will definitely not be ready to pitch for the Nationals in 2 weeks.

Posted by: Sunderland

You mean the same guy that promised Wang in May? Now it's July. Now it's 'baseball players don't have his injury, it's more like a football injury so we don't know'. How about when Rizzo said Detwiler in May-early June? If you're waiting for Mike Rizzo to give you the truth about anything, especially the state of affairs, you're gonna have to wait a long time. The guy is the height of bs. How bout Orlando Hernandez baybee. Now there's a pitcher. In 1995. They're building young arms for the future. He won't hit 50 for another few years. If he hasn't already.

Posted by: Brue | July 5, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Wang's cooked. Like a burnt weiner. He's been shut down now. Chinese web sites are all over it. They need to wait until 18 months after surgery. If he can't throw by training camp, then he's probably done for good. They need to forget all about this year. The video has him barely letting the ball go.

http://tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/article/art_id/32634645/IssueID/20100704

Posted by: Brue | July 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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