Lannan will pitch on regular turn

The Nationals have decided to let John Lannan pitch on his regular turn Thursday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Washington was thinking about pitching Lannan on short rest Tuesday against Chicago because he threw 43 pitches and lasted 1 2/3 innings in an 11-9 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

“We were thinking about getting him out of that routine he was in and shaking it up,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said about Lannan. “As of now, he will pitch on his regular day.”

The month of August has been a rough one for Lannan, who has given up 19 runs in 18 innings. He has watched his ERA climb from 3.41 to 4.03. Lannan said he knows how to get out of the rut he is in, but declined to talk about his game plan for Thursday. 

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