The Washington Post

The former Nationals left-hander sees his old teammates for the first time.

John Lannan chose Philadelphia because it offered him the chance to play for a winning team and re-enter a major league rotation.

John Lannan agreed this morning to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, a prominent pitcher in the Nationals’ brief history joining forces with their foremost rival

Manager Davey Johnson ignored history when he lined up John Lannan to pitch against the Phillies, and then Lannan defied it when he took the mound.

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has all three left-handed starters, starting with Ross Detwiler, throwing against Philadelphia.

Today was supposed to Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season. Instead John Lannan, the left-hander who twice started opening day, will make his return to the Nationals.

John Lannan feels prepared for his start Wednesday, even if he hasn't pitched since throwing a shutout Aug. 30 with Class AAA Syracuse.

John Lannan will join the Nationals’ rotation after they shut down Stephen Strasburg, but the Nationals will not simply plug him into Strasburg’s spot.