John Lannan, Jason Marquis adjust to rainouts

The Nationals’ recent run of rain delays has probably altered their starting pitchers more than any other facet of the team. John Lannan had planned on pitching on three-days rest Sunday in order to keep the rotation in order and not drain the bullpen. But that became unnecessary when last night’s game was rained out and re-scheduled for Monday.

Lannan will instead pitch Monday, on the normal amount of rest, which could be construed as a benefit. Lannan, though, was hoping for the opportunity to pitch on three-days rest for the time in his career.

“I wanted it,” Lannan said. “I was just excited to do something new, test my body a little bit, I guess. Regular rest is fine. Whenever they needed me to take the ball, I wanted to help keep everybody on track. I had never done it before, and I thought I could do it.”

After Wednesday’s start, Lannan did conditioning and weight-lifting immediately after his start. He planned on throwing a bullpen session yesterday, but moved it back to today upon learning he would pitch on four-days rest, after all.

The rainouts have also affected Jason Marquis, who last pitched Game 1 of last Sunday’s doubleheader. He’ll start tomorrow, giving him six days between starts. Marquis has had success in his career pitching on at least six-days rest, compiling a 4.25 ERA in 50 starts, which is actually lower than his 4.54 career ERA.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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