Nationals Journal: Rotation


Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Matt Williams shuffles Nationals starting rotation

Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will face the Miami Marlins.

By James Wagner  |  06:53 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/29/2014

Doug Fister lands on the disabled list; Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan make the team

Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will be in the team’s opening day rotation as a result.

By James Wagner  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Rotation

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Nationals’ fifth starter decision between Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan to come Saturday

Both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will pitch Saturday at Nationals Park, and the Nationals will announce their fifth starter afterward.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/22/2014

Doug Fister dominant, healthy in return

In his first major league game in 20 days, the Nationals starter breezed through 3 2/3 innings and looked ready for the season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Injuries, Rotation, Spring Training

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Tanner Roark makes major statement in minor league game

In a minor league game, Tanner Roark helped his cause in the competition for the Nationals’ final rotation spot.

By Adam Kilgore  |  04:41 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Spring Training, starting rotation, Tanner Roark

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Ross Detwiler will open the season in the Nationals bullpen [updated]

Ross Detwiler will start the year in the bullpen, leaving Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan and perhaps Chris Young fighting for the final rotation spot.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:57 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullpen, Relievers, ross detwiler, Rotation, starting rotation

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Doug Fister’s bullpen session a ‘step in the right direction’ [UPDATED]

Doug Fister felt encouraged after his bullpen session, but he was not prepared to look too far ahead.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Injuries, starting rotation

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Doug Fister feels tightness after playing catch, Friday bullpen still scheduled

The right-hander is scheduled to throw a Friday bullpen session, his first since his elbow discomfort first appeared.

By James Wagner  |  11:52 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Injuries, Spring Training, starting rotation

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Doug Fister throws, says he’ll be ready to start the season

The Nationals’ starter, dealing with elbow inflammation, threw from flat ground on Wednesday and said he’d be ready to go when the games count.

By Barry Svrluga  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Injuries, starting rotation

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Nationals believe Doug Fister will be ready for first regular season start

After the starter played catch Tuesday morning, the Nationals think he will be able to take his first turn in the rotation.

By Adam Kilgore  |  05:02 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Rotation, starting rotation

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Doug Fister to rest with elbow inflammation

Tanner Roark will make replacement start Friday against the Houston Astros in Viera.

By James Wagner  |  10:21 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Spring Training, starting rotation

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/01/2014

Ross Detwiler, Stephen Strasburg set to start; Jayson Werth to play Sunday; Ryan Mattheus update

Ross Detwiler will face the Yankees on Monday, and Stephen Strasburg will start Tuesday against the Braves.

By James Wagner  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jayson Werth, ross detwiler, Ryan Mattheus, starting rotation, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Taylor Jordan to start Nationals’ Grapefruit League opener Friday

The right-hander competing for the fifth starter’s spot will start against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

By James Wagner  |  07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, Gio Gonzalez, Injuries, Josh Johnson, rafael soriano, Rotation, Starting pitchers, Taylor Jordan

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Where do the Nationals stand in their search for a starter?

Sorting out what the Nationals are looking for in their pursuit of another starter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:03 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, starting rotation

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/06/2013

The Nationals’ option to trade for a starter

How the Nationals positioned themselves to make a possible trade for a starting pitcher this winter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:27 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  david price, Drew Storen, Gio Gonzalez, max scherzer, Rotation

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Gio Gonzalez likely, not definite, for final start

Manager Davey Johnson wants to give Gio Gonzalez the chance to meet two milestones, but the decision for the final starter of the season is not yet final.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, Rotation

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Nationals rotation set for season’s final week

Tanner Roark will likely make his final start of the season as Davey Johnson set his rotation.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:08 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation, starting rotation

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 09/15/2013

Stephen Strasburg plays catch, will throw bullpen session Monday

The right-hander had no issues playing catch on Sunday.

By James Wagner  |  07:24 PM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 09/14/2013

Stephen Strasburg to play catch Sunday

Also, Ross Detwiler threw another bullpen session as he hopes to return before the season is done.

By James Wagner  |  06:59 PM ET, 09/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Tanner Roark to start Saturday over Ross Ohlendorf, Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg has been dealing with minor hamstring tightness, according to Davey Johnson.

By James Wagner  |  07:05 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ross Ohlendorf, starting rotation, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 09/02/2013

Davey Johnson again weighing whether to start Tanner Roark over Ross Ohlendorf

Nats Manager Davey Johnson, who has been wanting to get Tanner Roark a start, is again concerned with Ross Ohlendorf's endurance.

By James Wagner  |  11:19 AM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ross Ohlendorf, starting rotation, Tanner Roark

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 08/30/2013

Ross Ohlendorf to start Sunday

Despite Manager Davey Johnson’s concerns about his stamina, Ross Ohlendorf will start Sunday night for the Nationals against the Mets.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:04 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ross Ohlendorf, Rotation

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Ross Ohlendorf will ‘probably’ start Sunday over Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark

Davey Johnson doesn't want to disrupt Stephen Strasburg's routine and may need to use Tanner Roark out of the bullpen.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:17 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Gio Gonzalez's back feeling better, other rotation health updates

Gio Gonzalez pitched through a stiff back last night, but he expects to make his next start with no issues.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:21 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, Ross Ohlendorf, Rotation, Washington Nationals

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 08/10/2013

Taylor Jordan nearing innings limit as Ross Ohlendorf nears return

Taylor Jordan could soon be replaced by Ross Ohlendorf in the Nationals' rotation.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:24 PM ET, 08/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ross Ohlendorf, Rotation, Taylor Jordan

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 07/28/2013

Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann to face Braves next week

Manager Davey Johnson opted to keep the starting rotation on turn so that the top three pitchers could face the division leaders.

By James Wagner  |  07:34 PM ET, 07/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 07/13/2013

Nationals to return to original rotation after the all-star break

It will be, barring any setbacks, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler, in that order, after the all-star break.

By James Wagner  |  07:31 PM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Davey Johnson not pushing the Nationals to trade for a starter

The back of the Nationals' rotation faces many questions, but Davey Johnson isn't angling for an addition -- yet.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:04 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation, Taylor Jordan, trade deadline

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Stephen Strasburg on track to return Sunday; Ross Detwiler slated for Thursday

The Nationals' starting rotation is expected to be whole again this week.

By James Wagner  |  08:59 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ross detwiler, Rotation, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Chris Young goes on the disabled list at Syracuse

Chris Young's ineffectiveness and injury have left the Nationals lacking in rotation depth.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:52 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Young, starting rotation

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 05/27/2013

The Nationals' options for Tuesday's starter; Xavier Cedeno called up

The Nationals need a starter for Tuesday and a move could be made. For now, they have lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno in the bullpen.

By James Wagner  |  01:27 PM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 05/18/2013

Zach Duke to start in Ross Detwiler's place

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:43 PM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation, Zach Duke

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Dan Haren on his cutter usage, rough start to the season

The Nationals' new starter has been upset with his start to the season but he's noticed a few ways to improve.

By James Wagner  |  02:17 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dan haren, Starting pitchers, starting rotation

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler play the waiting game before first starts

Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler are trying to fill nine days between their final spring training start and their season debuts.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:36 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Nationals preview 2013: The pitching staff

A look at the Nationals' pitchers in 2013.

By Harry Pavlidis  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 preview, Analytics, Bullpen, Nationals' pitchers, pitching staff, starting rotation

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 03/16/2013

Davey Johnson eyeing Dan Haren as fourth starter, Ross Detwiler as fifth

The Nationals manager aligns his rotation for the final two weeks of spring starting, suggesting Haren will fall ahead of Detwiler in regular season.

By James Wagner  |  05:36 PM ET, 03/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Nationals waiting on World Baseball Classic to set pitching schedule

The Nationals at the mercy of the WBC when it comes to the schedule for Ross Detwiler and Gio Gonzalez.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, ross detwiler, starting rotation, World Baseball Classic

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Stephen Strasburg will start Nationals' first Grapefruit League game

Davey Johnson outlined the top of the Nationals' rotation for spring.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Javier Vazquez undecided on future despite Nationals' interest

The Nationals, including Mike Rizzo, have scouted the veteran starter and could add starting depth. But the right-hander, if he pitches next season, may want to be in the majors.

By James Wagner  |  10:31 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  starting rotation

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Mike Rizzo scouts Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico

The Nationals are looking to bolster their starting rotation, and after a top scout evaluated the 36-year-old right-hander making a comeback, Rizzo took a trip to see him.

By James Wagner  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Javier Vazquez, starting rotation

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Nationals scouting Javier Vazquez

The Nationals sent a top scout to Puerto Rico to evaluate veteran right-handed starter Javier Vazquez.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Javier Vazquez, starting rotation, Tanner Roark

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Nationals prioritizing starting pitching depth

Aside from Adam LaRoche, the Nationals top priority right now, even over plugging the final hole in their bullpen, may be signing starting pitching depth.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:49 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Nationals have rotation set, still could add starting depth

The Nationals never needed starting pitching depth last year, but they'll still prepare for attrition in their rotation this winter.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hot stove, Rotation

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 10/06/2012

Nationals set roster, rotation for National League Division Series against Cardinals

The Nationals offered few, if any, surprises with either their roster or rotation for the National League Division Series against the Cardinals.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:18 PM ET, 10/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  playoff rotation

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Nationals considering John Lannan for rotation if they face the Braves

As the Nationals wait until their first-round opponent is determined to finalize their NLDS rotation, they have not ruled out making John Lannan their fourth starter in the event they face the Atlanta Braves.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:28 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  playoff rotation

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Gio Gonzalez scratched for Tom Gorzelanny to prepare for first playoff start

Upon clinching the National League East last night, the Nationals scratched left-hander Gio Gonzalez from his final start of the regular season in order to preserve their No. 1 playoff starter for any potential postseason scenario.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:55 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 09/30/2012

Davey Johnson sticking with rotation after shaky starts in St. Louis

Manager Davey Johnson will respond to the events of this weekend by keeping his rotation precisely the same.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:00 PM ET, 09/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 09/29/2012

The Nationals face dilemmas in lining up Gio Gonzalez, postseason rotation

The Nationals’ uncertain playoff schedule presents any number of problems for Manager Davey Johnson, and the handling of No. 1 starter Gio Gonzalez may be the most difficult.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:28 PM ET, 09/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  playoff rotation

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 09/24/2012

All three left-handers to face Phillies; Chien-Ming Wang could make another start

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has all three left-handed starters, starting with Ross Detwiler, throwing against Philadelphia.

By James Wagner  |  01:54 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gio Gonzalez, John Lannan, ross detwiler, Rotation

Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 09/22/2012

Edwin Jackson bounces back, relies on pennant race experience

The right-hander, the only Nationals starter with playoff experience, channels his pennant race experience in masterful Friday start.

By James Wagner  |  12:26 AM ET, 09/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Edwin Jackson, Nationals rotation

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Davey Johnson considering using Gio Gonzalez, Ross Detwiler against the Phillies

Manager Davey Johnson is considering tweaking the rotation so that the left-handers can face the Phillies and the right-handers against the Cardinals.

By James Wagner  |  06:38 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Nationals still deciding on Sunday starter against Brewers

The Nationals are still on deciding on their starting pitcher for Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, when they will need a sixth starter because of today’s doubleheader.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:58 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Davey Johnson won’t adjust starting rotation for Braves series

The manager doesn't want to adjust his starters' schedules for the important upcoming series. And he doesn't expect more days off for position players.

By James Wagner  |  07:13 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rotation

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/01/2012

Davey Johnson wants to push Nationals starters deeper into games

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has kept his starters fresh all season and now wants to push them deeper into games.

By James Wagner  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pitching, Rotation