Lannan to replace Strasburg in rotation
The Nationals have decided that left-hander John Lannan will replace right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. Lannan, 25, will pitch Sunday against the Phillies.
It will be Lannan’s first big-league start since June 20th against the White Sox. In that game, he allowed five runs in four innings and was demoted to Double-A Harrisburg the next day. The Nationals believe that Lannan lost his confidence before the demotion.
At the time of his demotion, Lannan was 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 14 starts. His biggest problem was getting left-handed hitters out. They are 28-for-75 [.373] with two home runs and nine RBIs against him this season.
After his demotion, Lannan was inconsistent, going 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA for Harrisburg.
Lannan, who was Washington’s Opening Day starter, will have the tough task of facing a Phillies team that gave him fits on Opening Day. Lannan allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 11-1 loss to the Philadelphia.