Tag:Jason Marquis
Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:14 pm

Zimmermann to return to Nats after rehab start

Jordan Zimmermann One year-long recovery and nine rehab starts in the minors, and only one thing stands between Jordan Zimmermann and his return to the big leagues: one more rehab start as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports .

One questions why it's necessary for Zimmermann to make a 10th start, when his first nine have gone as well as can be hoped. In 34 2/3 innings split between mid-Class A Hagerstown (one start), high-Class A Potomac (four), Double-A Harrisburg (two) and Triple-A Syracuse (three), the righty has a cumulative 1.92 ERA. That number drops to 0.75 in the three Triple-A starts, striking out seven and walking two in 12 innings.

The 24-year-old made 16 starts in his rookie season of 2009, with a 4.63 ERA and 92/29 BB/K ratio over 91 1/3 starts as a top-rated prospect. His season was cut short by Tommy John surgery, although he seems to have come out of it none the worse for the wear.

When the former second-round pick returns, the Nats will have a tough decision to make on who gets bumped from the rotation. Currently, Stephen Strasburg heads up a quintet of Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Scott Olsen. Olsen is racking up bonuses with every start he makes and just came off the disabled list. He recently gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Marlins and should be considered the front-runner to be bumped.

Hernandez and his 3.08 ERA is going nowhere, and Marquis is likely in the same boat despite an eye-gouging 14.33 ERA in 16 1/3 innings, having just returned from a long stint on the disabled list. Marquis is signed for $7.5 million for 2011, so the Nats would presumably like to see the veteran log some innings in preparation for a push at .500.

Lannan just returned from a minor-league demotion to give up a scant two earned runs in each of his last three starts, so is also unlikely to be bumped. Strasburg, of course, is going nowhere, especially when his most recent DL stint all but assured he can stay in the rotation the rest of the season and not exceed his innings limit.

Bet on Olsen being bumped for Zimmermann, which will give the Nationals what could very well be their rotation entering the 2011 season with only Hernandez slated to be a free agent.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 1:47 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:18 am

Nats stand slightly behind Marquis

Jason Marquis Nationals manager Jim Riggleman's vote of confidence in starter Jason Marquis relayed very little confidence on Sunday.

When asked by reporters if Marquis would make his next start -- Friday in Philadelphia -- Riggleman said, "when the dust settles, we'll probably run Jason out there again."

What was left unsaid was that the bullpen would be ready to come into the game pretty darn quickly. In five starts this season, he's yet to make it out of the fifth inning. He's managed to get through just four innings in each of his two starts since coming off the disabled list earlier this month after elbow surgery. He is owed $7.5 million for 2011, so the Nats are stuck with this conundrum for another season, too.

Riggleman noted he hadn't talked to general manager Mike Rizzo or pitching coach Steve McCatty about the start yet.

The team could go with Yuniesky Maya or Jordan Zimmerman, MASN's Ben Goessling speculates . The team has also used relievers Miguel Batista and Craig Stammen as starters this season.

Zimmermann is scheduled to start for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday and has thrown 29 2/3 minor league innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.

"He feels like he's ready," Riggleman said. "I'm sure he feels like five days from now, he's ready to pitch here. That's something we'll consider, but the likelihood is, he'll stay down there a little longer."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:59 am

Strasburg's next start in doubt

<img alt="Stephen Strasburg" src="http://sports.cbsimg.net/images/mlb/photogallery/072810strasburg.jpg" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" height="256" width="180" /> Stephen Strasburg's next scheduled start, Sunday against the Phillies, is in jeopardy.<br /> <br /> Strasburg will be shut down for "a couple of days" reports Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.<br /> </a> <br /> "We don't have an update whether he's going to pitch Sunday or when he'll pitch again if not Sunday," manager Jim Riggleman said. "We're just really going to give it another day or two before we do anything like that."<br /> <br /> The Nationals would need to OK Strasburg after watching him throw on flat ground before progressing to a bullpen session.<br /> <br /> Strasburg couldn't get warm before Tuesday's start against the Braves and he told his skipper that he had similar issues in college.<br /> <br /> Riggleman was optimistic that Strasburg wouldn't be shut down for an extended period.<br /> <br /> "I think there's a way we could keep him fresh and ready to go without extending the time down where he faces major-league hitters," Riggleman said. "It wouldn't be that along a time where he was down, as opposed to what [Jason] Marquis and [Scott] Olsen and all those guys had when they went down. They had a long period of time without throwing, so they had to start over. I don't think we're at that point with Stephen."<br /> <br /> Strasburg underwent an MRI and everything came back fine. However, the Nationals' actions on Tuesday showed they're not going to take too many chances with Strasburg's arm, which is a good sign.<br /> <br /> -- C. Trent Rosecrans<br /> <em><br /> For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb</a> on Twitter.</em> <br /> <br />

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