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Scott Olsen returning this weekend?

Scott Olsen threw a bullpen session tonight with Class AAA Syracuse rather than making his scheduled rehab start, a hint that the Nationals may have targeted him to start Saturday in the vacancy created by J.D. Martin landing on the 15-day disabled list.

Manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and General Manager Mike Rizzo met this afternoon to map out their pitching rotation. The Nationals will likely wait until Saturday to call up a starter from the minors, Riggleman said.

While the Nationals have settled on the starter to replace Martin, Riggleman said, but do not want to announce it. Olsen's change of plans tonight suggests it could be him. After his latest rehab start, Olsen felt like as if one more outing would prepare him for a return to the majors. The bullpen session tonight could replace the rehab start.

Olsen has been on the disabled list since late May with inflammation in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 27, 2010; 6:38 PM ET
Categories:  J.D. Martin , Pitching rotation , Scott Olsen  | Tags: Scott Olsen  
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