Nationals Journal: starting 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)
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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)
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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 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 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 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)
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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)
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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 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 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)
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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 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 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)
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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