Taking at least a short break from trade chatter here. Between the trade of Jason Marquis, the arrival of Chien-Ming Wang and the cameo appearance of Yunesky Maya, the Nationals have an unsettled rotation at the moment. Manager Davey Johnson is still trying to hash it out, but the next three games are set.
Livan Hernandez, John Lannan and Wang will be listed as the probable starters for the Nationals’ series against the Braves beginning Monday. Wang threw a side session this morning, and while the Nationals were confident he came through his four-inning start Friday without any issues, his throwing today affirmed their confidence.
Beyond that, the rotation remains up in the air. For today, Tom Gorzelanny will not be in the bullpen, and he is one candidate to start Thursday in the rotation spot Maya would have filled had he not been sent down today.
The Nationals also want to make room at some point for both Brad Peacock and Tom Milone to make their major league debuts. They could use those prospects in long relief, too, Johnson said, but the Nationals are intent on breaking them in and getting a look at them in preparation for next season.