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The Nationals have their rotation set until Saturday. The Nationals have decided that left-hander Scott Olsen will come off the disabled list and pitch against the Braves on Thursday. He will replace right-hander J.D. Martin in the rotation. It will be Olsen’s first start since May 21st against the Orioles.
Olsen has missed the last two months of the season because of shoulder tightness. In his last start against Baltimore, Olsen pitched three innings and allowed four runs on six hits.
Olsen has had five rehab starts and allowed nine earned runs in 20 1/3 innings.
After Olsen, right-hander Craig Stammen will pitch against the Phillies on Friday and left-hander Ross Detwiler will pitch the next day.
In other news, left-hander Jesse English, who started this season as one of the relievers on the 25-man roster, is expected to have bone chips removed from his left elbow Wednesday. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Before playing their home opener Monday against the Phillies, the Nationals have to determine who will platoon with Willie Harris in right field and be their seventh man out of the bullpen.
With Harris as the left-handed hitter, Washington is looking for a right-handed hitting complement. The choices are Mike Morse and Willy Taveras. Entering Tuesday’s action, Taveras had slim lead to be the guy, hitting .289. But Morse has come on strong lately, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored to raise his average to 288 after the Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. Taveras went hitless in three at-bats in the same game.
Versatility may be the deciding factor, however. While Taveras can play all three outfield positions, Morse can play at least six — corner outfield spots and all four infield positions.
“I’m just playing. I’m just having fun. The competition is the last thing I’m thinking about,” Morse said. “When I go out there and have fun, my talent comes out. Whatever happens, happens. I think one of us can help the team out. I’m going to keep trying to get some quality at-bats.”
As for the bullpen, the Nationals are seriously thinking about adding an extra reliever and not carry that fifth starter. The Nationals don’t need the fifth man until April 11 against the Mets.
Left-hander Jesse English and right-hander Todd Walker are two guys who have a chance to claim that final spot. Since his first outing of the spring, English hasn’t allowed a run in last five innings and has struck out eight batters.
“He’s pitching well,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “He is a guy who is taking advantage of an opportunity. He is competing for a job and he making a nice statement for himself like Craig Stammen did. So we have to consider that when we put the roster together.”
In his last six outings, Walker has allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, while striking out five batters. It helps that he is healthy and his pitching mechanics are in order.
Walker couldn’t say that early in the spring as he gave up 11 runs in his first two outings. Walker had lower back issues, but decided to gut it out. It proved to be a mistake, but Walker never used his injury as an excuse. He wanted to make early impression by overpowering hitters.
The Nationals continue to add pitching to their Minor League system. They claimed left-hander Jesse English off waivers from the Giants and designated catcher Luke Montz for assignment.
In seven professional seasons in the Giants chain, English, 24, went 32-18 with a 3.94 ERA in 120 games (69 starts). San Francisco’s sixth-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, English has recorded 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings during his career. English’s finest season came in 2008, when he was named a mid-season All-Star en route to recording career-best efforts in wins (13), ERA (3.19) and strikeouts (135) in the hitter-friendly Class A California League.
English, who stands 6-foot-3, went 7-7 with a 4.20 ERA this season in 26 games (19 starts) for Double A Connecticut.
Montz, 26, hit a combined .181 (58-for-320) with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 103 games this season for Triple-A Syracuse and Double A Harrisburg.