Tag:Jim Riggleman
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 />

Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:30 pm

Riggleman to return in 2011

Jim Riggleman Jim Riggleman will return to manage the Nationals next season, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports .

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Riggleman will be back, despite the team's 42-54 record. Last season the team was 59-103.

"He is a terrific baseball manager," Rizzo said. "He has great respect from his peers in this game. When the game starts, he is as good as anybody in the game. He has the respect in the clubhouse. He is a diligent worker and he is a loyal employee."

Riggleman is in his fourth managing stint, also skippering the Padres, Cubs and Mariners. He led the Cubs to the playoffs in 1998. In parts of 11 seasons, Riggleman is 597-748.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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