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Johnson wants to make changes to rotation

Nationals manager Davey Johnson sees his starting rotation continue to struggle, but he is also well aware of the young arms — Tom Milone and Brad Peacock — impressing with at Triple-A Syracuse, and he wants to see them in Washington soon.

The Nationals’ starters have a combined 5.97 ERA in 13 games since the All-Star break, and Johnson is ready for some changes.

“We have a couple of guys that are knocking on the door, pitchers in particular,” Johnson said. “Depending on what happens the next couple of days we might be seeing a new, young arm up here. Right now with the starting pitching, we have to have some improvement there.”

Milone, a left-hander, spent the entire season in Syracuse, where he is 8-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 19 starts. The 10th-round pick in 2008 out of Southern California threw 117 innings with 120 strikeouts and only 10 walks.

Peacock made it to the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game after a dominant first half with Double-A Harrisburg and got the call to Triple-A while in Phoenix. In just his third Triple-A start he threw a one-hitter over seven innings.

“Those are the guys I’d like to get some experience up here,” Johnson said.

– Steven Miller

From Futures Game, Peacock heads to Triple-A

A day after pitching one shutout inning for the US Team in the XM Futures Game, Nationals right-hander Brad Peacock was promoted from Double A Harrisburg to Triple A Syracuse on Monday.

Peacock is tentatively scheduled to pitch his first game for Syracuse on Saturday against Lehigh Valley. Peacock is also expected attend the Eastern League All-Star game this week, but he will not pitch in the game.

Peacock is the best pitching prospect in the Nationals’ organization. So much so that by 2013, Peacock is expected to be the No. 3 starter in the rotation behind Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

Like Strasburg and Zimmermann, Peacock is a power pitcher and has the stats to back it up. He was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA for Harrisburg. Even more impressive, Peacock has struck out 129 batters in 98 2/3 innings.

“This guy has taken the ball every fifth day and just went out there and has dominated, no matter who is the opponent was,” Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley said. “He is almost to the point where he is feared. When he comes out, you know how he is going to pitch and you still can’t hit it. He is going to challenge you with fastballs 90 percent of the time and get a lot of swings and misses.”

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