With Yunesky Maya and Ross Detwiler in the fold, Nationals must sort out starters
Yunesky Maya and Ross Detwiler joined the Nationals today in Pittsburgh, their presence providing visual proof of the logjam of starters the Nationals have in the final month. They have not officially been added to the roster, but the Nationals will soon have to decide how to find room for the seven starters on their roster.
The Nationals will start Maya on Tuesday and have already moved Olsen to the bullpen for now, but they still plan to give Olsen another chance to start. The Nationals could use a "piggy-back" system on some days, planning to use one starter for the first five innings and then bringing in a second starter.
"It's possible," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "We may designate a guy where we're going to use two guys for sure. It's pretty good quality guys. It's not in any way conceding a ballgame by putting two guys out there if we do it."
Jordan Zimmermann will be limited to five or six innings because he is coming back from Tommy John surgery, so Riggleman would be more inclined to use two starters on a day he starts. With Livan Hernandez or John Lannan starting, Riggleman won't plan on using a second starter. He also said he prefers not to use a six-man rotation.
Maya will make his start Tuesday and be able to pitch for as long as his effectiveness allows. He threw more than 90 pitches in his final two preparatory minor league starts, going a combined 10 2/3 innings and allowing one earned run.
"It's a hard league in Triple A," Maya said. "You have veteran hitters. They're pretty selective. I faced pretty tough hitters, but I felt pretty good. My arm is 100 percent."
Detwiler, recovering from soreness in the right hip he underwent surgery on in spring training, last pitched Thursday in Class AAA Syracuse. Now fully healthy, Detwiler allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk in five innings. The Nationals have not decided when Detwiler will next pitch.
September 5, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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