Last night’s rainout and today’s subsequent doubleheader will create an issue Sunday in Pittsburgh, when John Lannan will come up in the rotation on three-days rest. Manager Jim Riggleman said the Nationals will either start Lannan or cobble together innings from their bullpen, depending on how long Lannan pitches today and how much wear the bullpen absorbs in the coming days.
Lannan has never pitched on three-days rest. The Nationals are not considering bringing up a starter to take Lannan’s turn – “carrying 12 pitchers, you’ve got to be able to get through it,” Riggleman said. The problem with not throwing Lannan would be an extra two days of rest for every other starter. Jordan Zimmermann would pitch tonight, and then not until next Wednesday because the Nationals have yet another scheduled day off Monday.
“We’ve already had to move guys back because of the last doubleheader” on Sunday, Riggleman said.
For today’s games, Riggleman shifted Laynce Nix into the starting lineup in Game 1, which allows Michael Morse to not play both games and lets him face a left-hander, Jaime Garcia, tonight in Game 2. Also, Alex Cora will take third base for Jerry Hairston in Game 2.
“Whenever you have a doubleheader, you kind of like to get everybody involved,” Riggleman said. “You hate to have two ballgames in a day and not have three or four guys not involved to some extent, just to kind of keep the team concept flowing and so forth.”
As for today’s game, talk about it right here.