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Scott Olsen set for Saturday rehab start

Scott Olsen, who has been on the disabled list since May 23, will make a rehab start Saturday for the Hagerstown Suns, according to the team's official Web site. Olsen has been rehabbing following inflammation in his surgically repaired left shoulder. He is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA this season.

At the start of this month, Olsen's agent told the Post he would be ready to pitch in the majors by roughly July 20. Olsen's extended time away will likely mean he needs more than one rehab start, but he could make his Nationals return before the end of the month, or at least early August, if he continues to progress.

UPDATE, 5:35: First a correction to make: Olsen made two starts with the Gulf Coast League Nationals, the lowest rung on the Nationals' minor league system but still a significant step for Olsen. He went two innings July 7, allowing two hits and no runs. He pitched three innings July 12, allowing one hit, one walk and an earned run. So Saturday's start will be the next step in a progression that has Olsen inching closer to the majors.

"He feels good," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "I'm not sure if he has to get stretched out to six innings or five, or whatever it takes. But he's feeling good. He's been through a lot with his shoulder. Hopefully, he'll just be able to maintain it and come join us."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 16, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
 
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Our entire pitching staff right now is based on rehab assignments. Great place to be.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 16, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Go get 'em, Scotty. I'm pulling for you.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I echo natsfan1a1.

Posted by: samantha7 | July 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Could it be possible when we play the Cubs in August that we send out SS, Zimm, Olsen ?? That sure would be nice.

FYI
Elijah Dukes stats sofar as a Bear are:
8 Games
26 AB's
6 Hits
1 2B
1 RBI
1 BB
5 SO
.231 AVG

Also former Nat Daryle Ward is DH'g for them and apparently made the All-Star team.

Posted by: hansenjo | July 16, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Our entire pitching staff right now is based on rehab assignments. Great place to be.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 16, 2010 3:51 PM

You do realize this is actually an improvement, don't you? Our staff used to be based on guys who weren't even in the organization. Some of them were in college, some of them were roaming the minors (Remember that tremendous group of Mike Bacsik, Jason Simontacchi and Tim Redding?)

I think at least one of them came from the California Penal League...

Posted by: baltova1 | July 16, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Also in this leage are some other former nats:

Infielder?? Wily Mo Pena
P Jason Simontacchi

Posted by: hansenjo | July 16, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

sorry, league

Posted by: hansenjo | July 16, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Our entire pitching staff right now is based on rehab assignments. Great place to be.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | July 16, 2010 3:51 PM


Perhaps you'd be happy if we resurrected Odalis Perez? He's not rehabbing at the moment.

I agree w/hansenjo that it would awesome to send Stras, Zimm and Olsen to the mound for a 3-game set.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 16, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Did we know that Olsen was pitching in the GCL? Did the team announce that? Because I don't think our faithful blogger mentioned that before. It would be good information, since it indicates that Olsen is making some sort of progress and it would have backed up the claims of his agent that he would be ready by the end of the month.

Posted by: baltova1 | July 16, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to be far from there tomorrow. Did they give you an idea of how many innings Olsen will pitch?

Posted by: Section222 | July 16, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Yeah, R. Vaughn, I believe his name was.

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I think at least one of them came from the California Penal League...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

And good luck contacting Perez. His phone doesn't work.... :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

222, you might want to check the online ticket sales, as seat availability was limited in quite a few sections. Seriously.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Okay Vaughn. They say you're a pitcher, you're sure not much of a dresser. We wear caps and sleeves on this level, son.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 16, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Did we know that Olsen was pitching in the GCL? Did the team announce that? Because I don't think our faithful blogger mentioned that before. "

I usually rely on Brian Oliver but he has been pretty busy of late. He is an official Nats blogger, he does have one of those ultra special press passes that let him for the free grub ... ;) He is the Nats minor league 'specialist'.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Beginning of August end of the trade deadline. I would guess that's when we'll find out who is in the rotation and who is out. Trades seem necessary to improve. Have to figure some of the pitchers expected up might be part of a trade package.

Posted by: periculum | July 16, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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