Kasten: Report on Mazzone not true

Nationals team president Stan Kasten said on Tuesday night that the organization has not had conversations with Leo Mazzone to become its pitching coach.

The Washington Post reported earlier in the day that Mazzone is being considered for the role, but Kasten insisted that Steve McCatty will remain the pitching coach at least for this season.

“I don’t know why such a report would come out,” Kasten said via phone. “We have not had discussions with Leo Mazzone. Steve McCatty is our pitching coach.”

McCatty has been the Nationals’ pitching coach since early June when he replaced Randy St. Claire. The young rotation, which features John Lannan, Craig Stammen and Jordan Zimmermann have performed well under McCatty. Both Lannan and Stammen have a complete under McCatty.

Kasten has a long history with Mazzone. The two worked together for over a decade when they were both with the Braves. Kasten was the team president and Mazzone was the pitching coach in Atlanta.    

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