The status of the rehabbing Nationals starters
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo offered a torrent of updates on the host of Nationals starters currently pitching in the minor leagues. He cautioned that the status of all the rehabbing starters - Ross Detwiler, Scott Olsen, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann and Chien-Ming Wang - is murky. "There's absolutely no certainty," he said.
With that in mind, Rizzo estimated that Detwiler, Olsen and Marquis will be the first pitchers to come back to Washington. Here are updates on the Nationals pitchers trying to get back to the majors:
Detwiler: In Class AA Harrisburg, Detwiler is still trying to find comfort with his surgically repaired hip. He allowed earned one run in five innings Friday, hitting 93 mph with his fastball; he's touched 94 past starts. His mission, seven starts into his rehab, is to "get his game back in line to kind of knock off some rust," Rizzo said.
"He's pitching well," Rizzo said. "His velocity is creeping up there. We're trying to get him to the point where he's throwing more consistent quality strikes. That'll give us an indication that he's using his lower body in his delivery. That's the important thing to look for."
Olsen: He'll make his third rehab start tonight at Class A Hagerstown. He's scheduled for four innings and/or 65 pitches. While Olsen is coming along, there is no set timetable for his return to the major leagues. "He's still rehabbing, so we'll see where that takes him," Rizzo said. "He should not be too far away."
Olsen answered a few questions for the Suns' official site.
Marquis: Some significant progress here - on Sunday for the Gulf Coast League affiliate, he'll make his first rehab start since the surgery he underwent in May to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He's down to pitch three innings.
Zimmermann: He'll continue his sterling rehab in the coming days in Class A Potomac by throwing 80 pitches. Zimmermann is targeted to return during the first half of August, but his rapid progress may not fully determine his 2010 debut date. "He's ahead of schedule, but we're going to keep him on my schedule. He's too important of a cog to rush. I'm a big believer in giving that full calendar year," Rozzo said. Once Zimmermann comes to the Nationals, he'll still have some restrictions in terms of pitch counts and innings limits.
Lannan: Expect him back in Washington by the end of the season. Tonight, Lannan will make his fifth start since the Nationals demoted him to Class AA Harrisburg. Lannan is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his first four starts. While Rizzo still sees work to be done, he gave Lannan an emphatic vote of confidence.
"John is going to be a big league pitcher," Rizzo said. John's a major league pitcher. He's a go-to guy for us. He's down there to get himself straightened out. I've got a lot of confidence in him that's he's going to be a good, productive major league starter for a long time."
A couple more notes from Rizzo:
-- Rizzo had "no concern" about Luis Atilano's rocky start Thursday night Class AAA Syracuse and there is no question as to whether he'll start Tuesday in Cincinnati.
-- Rizzo had no updates on the Adam Dunn front. "If there was," he said, "I wouldn't tell you." Asked in a general sense why the sides have not come to an agreement despite an apparent willingness by both parties, Rizzo made a slashing motion with his hand in front of his chest. I believe that's the international sign for, "Stop asking me about Adam Dunn, because I'm not answering."
July 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
Categories: Pitching rotation , minors & farm system
Save & Share: Previous: Today's lineups
Next: Ian Desmond, Adam Kennedy, Cristian Guzman will rotate in Nationals infield
Posted by: periculum | July 17, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: marathoner | July 17, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: wartown1 | July 18, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: CJArlington | July 18, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Barney001 | July 18, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: papaskynz | July 18, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: natsfan1a1 | July 18, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.