The Nationals are not expected to activate Drew Storen right out of the gate in the second half. He is close to a return, but Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty and pitching coordinator Spin Williams want to give Storen more time to rebuild his arm strength before he returns to the majors. Storen has made three rehab appearances with Class A Potomac.

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As for starting pitchers, the Nationals will use the rotation Johnson outlined as the likeliest option before the end of the first half: Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler.  

Chien-Ming Wang will make a rehab appearance Friday at Class AA Harrisburg. Wang is recovering from a strained hip, which the Nationals believe may be the cause of his inconsistent delivery issues. Wang has a 7.61 ERA and 14 walks in 23 2/3 innings this season.

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