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Nats name Mock as fifth starter

The Nationals decided Saturday that right-hander Garrett Mock will be their fifth starter, while Scott Olsen more than likely will start the season at Triple-A Syracuse. 

Mock wins the job even though he was hit hard in his last two starts including a game against the Astros’ Minor League team. He is likely to pitch against the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. 

Based on Spring Training stats, Olsen had the edge, but the organization was split on him and Mock, but there are some who believe that Olsen needs to build arm strength in the Minor Leagues. 

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Mock has disappointing outing

A couple of weeks ago, it seemed a certainty that right-hander Garrett Mock was in the Nationals’ rotation because he didn’t walk a batter in his first nine innings this spring.

But, before Tuesday’s action, he had allowed five runs in his last nine innings. That’s not including the disappointing outing last week against the Minor League Astros in which he gave up three home runs.

Now Mock finds himself competing against left-hander Scott Olsen and right-hander J.D. for the final spot in the rotation.

Mock didn’t do himself any favors Tuesday afternoon against the Marlins, allowing six earned run — four earned — in 4 2/3 innings. Even worse, he walked five batters and struck out three. He threw 96 pitches, 57 strikes.

“The outing speaks for itself. I can’t say much about it. You saw it,”  manager Jim Riggleman said. “He was good for two or three hitters in a sequence. He would throw to a couple of hitters and leave the balls up in the zone and get hit.”

Mock’s worst inning was the fifth. He was able to get two quick outs, but he walked Ronny Paulino and gave up a double to Gaby Sanchez to put runners on second and third. Mock had Bryan Petersen, 0-2, but Mock couldn’t throw a strike and walked Petersen to load the bases.

Mock was taken out of the game in favor of right-hander Jason Bergmann, who allowed five straight hits before retiring Mike Lamb to end the inning. 

“His stuff wasn’t bad, but he was throwing a lot of pitches per inning,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said about Mock. “Ninety-six pitches, you should pitch seven innings. There were some foul balls, but you still have to be more aggressive because he wasn’t able to get out of that inning. … I don’t know if he was tired. I don’t think so. He didn’t make the pitch he needed to make.”

Mock most likely pitched his final game of the spring. Did he hurt his chance to be in the starting rotation?

“No, I don’t think so,” Riggleman said. “The choices are not that varied. We know we are going to pick between him .J.D. and Olsen. They are doing OK, but none of them are grabbing the job.”                

Guzman to play often; Dunn may get defensive replacement

Cristian Guzman will start consecutive games at shortstop, according to Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. Guzman’s first game will be Friday against the Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium.  

Guzman has yet to start in consecutive games this spring because of family matters in Washington D.C. and he is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Guzman must show Washington that he can throw the ball hard on tough plays. If not, Ian Desmond will start the season as the everyday shortstop, while Guzman ends up as a utility player.

Trying to trade Guzman would be hard for the Nationals because he is making $8 million this season and has the right to veto any trade because he played in the Major Leagues for 10 years and five years for the Nationals.

* Riggleman said if the season were to start Thursday, he would use a defensive replacement in the late innings for first baseman Adam Dunn.

Riggleman declined to name the replacement, but Mike Morse and Josh Willingham are guys who have experience at the position.
“We have enough choices to do it,” Riggleman said. “But I’m not really having a lot of people do that kind of stuff yet because I want Adam to take it upon himself to convince us we don’t need to be doing it anyway.”      
* Right-hander Garrett Mock pitched against the Astros in a Minor League game Thursday and was hit hard. 

After having a solid first inning in which he threw 10 pitches, Mock left the ball up in the strike zone and gave up three home runs. He left the game after four innings.

“It was windy, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the groundball outs were hit fairly hard,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. “He got some balls up and didn’t get ahead in the count. And that’s what happened. It really wasn’t a good start.”

Mock pitched in the Minor league game in order to give right-hander J.D. Martin a chance pitch on the big-league side.            

Detwiler sent to Syracuse; Mock back in big leagues

After Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Astros, the Nationals optioned left-hander Ross Detwiler to Triple-A Syracuse and are expected to recall right-hander Garrett Mock from Syracuse.

Mock will be in the starting rotation and pitch against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Mock, who has been a reliever most of his Major League career, was 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA with Syracuse.

As for Detwiler, he leaves after going 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 starts. Instead of dwelling on the negative, manager Manny Acta said he was pleased with what Detwiler accomplished during his time in the big leagues.

“We are extremely happy with the way Detwiler pitched up here. He made so much progress,” Acta said. “If you told me that that he was going to start 10 big-league games this year, I wouldn’t believe it. Our plan was to develop him in the Minor Leagues and probably take a look at him in September.”

Through a team spokesman, Detwiler declined to talk to the media. 

Mock back in starting rotation

The Nationals have decided to make right-hander Garrett Mock a starter for Triple-A Syracuse. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals want to give Mock multiple innings in order to get his command back on all his pitches.

Mock is familiar with the role. He started three games for Washington last year before becoming a reliever.  

“It gives us another 40-man roster guy that he has been stretched out as a starter. He has experience as a starter,” Rizzo said. 

Mock was sent down to Syracuse on Wednesday night after posting a 6.92 ERA in 13 games. He also had difficulty throwing strikes, walking eight batters in 13 innings.

Beimel activated; Rivera sent down

After Tuesday’s game against the Astros, the Nationals sent reliever Saul Rivera to Triple-A Syracuse and activated left-hander Joe Beimel from the 15-day disabled list.

Beimel, who missed 15 games because of a left hip flexor strain, will be part of the closer-by-committee. Manager Manny Acta hasn’t ruled out Beimel being the closer in the future.

Rivera is off to the worst start of his career, going 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA.

In other news, right-hander Garrett Mock hyperextended his right knee catching a popup by Michael Bourne in the eighth inning. Acta said that Mock is OK and will be ready to pitch on Wednesday against the Dodgers.      

Hanrahan out as Nats closer

A day after watching the bullpen blow a four-run, the Nationals have decided that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will no longer be the closer and Garrett Mock will no longer be the eighth inning guy.

The team will go with a bullpen-by-committee with right-handers Julian Tavarez and Kip Wells as the late inning guys. Once left-hander Joe Beimel is activated from the disabled list next week, he will most likely be the closer, while Tavarez and Wells become the set-up guys. 

With Mock on the mound, Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Pedro Feliz and make it 11-8. After Chase Utley singled in Jimmy Rollins, Hanrahan entered the game and couldn’t find the strike zone.

Hanrahan walked both Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth on 10 pitches. Raul Ibanez then came to the plate. Hanrahan felt he had no choice but to throw a fastball to Ibanez. Hanrahan paid the price as Ibanez hit a grand slam. It was Hanrahan’s third blown save of the season.

“I hope I don’t wear out this word, but, again, it was deflating,” manager Manny Acta said. “Our offense just battled all day and scored enough runs. We played so hard for eight innings to score enough runs. You lose the game in one inning, it just tough for the whole team.”