Scott Olsen will get one more rehab start

Don’t look for Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen to return to the big leagues anytime soon.  On Friday, Olsen was hit hard during a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse, giving up five runs — four earned — in 3 2/3 innings against Columbus. 

The Nationals said all along that Olsen would not come back to the big leagues unless he pitched at least five innings in a game. He has yet to reach that goal in three rehab starts. While his velocity is fine, Olsen needs to fix his mechanics.

“The ball came out of his hand good and the velocity was good. He was just [all over the place in the strike zone],” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We want to get his mechanics back where they were, so when he comes up here, he can hit the ground running and we don’t have to baby him.”      

Olsen will pitch on June 24 against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. If Olsen pitches well, the Nationals have to decide which pitcher in their rotation will be sent down to Syracuse. Right-hander Craig Stammen and left-hander Ross Detwiler are the leading candidate to do down.
The club’s plan is to be cautious with their arms and shut them down in early September.  

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