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Olsen to pitch Thursday; English out for season

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.

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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Olsen has something to prove Sunday vs. Braves

Left-hander Scott Olsen is pitching against the Braves at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon and this could be his last chance to show that he belongs in the Nationals’ rotation.

Washington is looking to fill its last two spots and right-handers Livan Hernnadez and Craig Stammen are the leading candidates to be the fourth and fifth starters. Olsen, on the other hand, has given up 10 runs in 9 1/3 innings. Olsen, who coming off shoulder surgery, has showed the organization that his velocity is back in the low 90s. It’s just a matter of getting hitters out on a consistent basis.

“He is another guy who has made progress,” Manager Jim Riggleman said.  “… We don’t want to put everything on velocity, … but we have some tough choices to make, so we would like to see him get people out.”

If Olsen doesn’t make the rotation, the Nationals could option him to Triple-A Syracuse or release him.  

Riggleman said he hopes to name his starting rotation by Monday. Left-hander John Lannan will be Washington’s Opening Day starter followed by right-handers Jason Marquis and Garrett Mock.

Nats trying hard to get another veteran starter

The Nationals are trying hard to find that extra veteran starter. In fact, they made contract offers to right-handers Chan Ho Park and Braden Looper, but both players turned them down, according to a baseball source.

The Nationals did not confirm that they made offers to Park and Looper.

Park ended up agreeing to a one year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees. The source said Washington made a similar offer to Park. Looper, on the other hand, told the Nationals on Sunday night he was going in another direction. It’s not known who he will sign with.   

The free-agent pool for pitchers is thin. Right-handers John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez are still available, but the Nationals haven’t heard from those players or their representatives for quite some time.

As of now, Jason Marquis is the only veteran starter in the rotation. Pitchers such as Shawn Estes and Miguel Batista are in camp, but they are on Minor League contract at the moment.

* The Nationals have decided that right-hander Garrett Mock will start against the Astros and right-hander J.D. Martin will get the nod against the Marlins on March 4, which is when the exhibition season starts for Washington. Mock and Martin are battling for the final two spots in the rotation.

Left-hander Scott Olsen had a bullpen session, which lasted about eight minutes and he indicated to pitching coach Steve McCatty that he was 80 percent from where he wants to be.

Olsen missed the entire second half of last season because of shoulder surgery.

“I thought he threw the ball pretty well,” McCatty said. “I told him if he felt stiff or anything to let us know. He said,  ‘No, I felt fine.’ He is a big piece. If he feels good and throws what he is capable of, that going to be a big plus.”

It will be interesting to see where infielder Alberto Gonzalez ends up by Opening Day. He most likely will compete with Ian Desmond for a utility spot this spring. The 2009 season was up and down for the right-handed hitting Gonzalez.

After hitting .333 in the first half, Gonzalez slumped badly and went 40-for 180 (.222) with an on-base percentage of .245 after the All-Star break. At times, he looked lost on defense, but manager Jim Riggleman didn’t have any problems with Gonzalez’s glove.  
“As a manager, when you look at Alberto Gonzalez, you are thinking defense,” Riggleman said. “Any falling off offensively, I really didn’t have too much feeling about that. I just know that I felt comfortable when I put him out there. I want the ball to be hit his way.

“He got almost 300 at-bats. When you get 300 at-bats, the pitchers kind of figure out how to pitch to you. Now it’s time for him to make the adjustment.” 

Nats will not tender contracts to Olsen, MacDougal [updated]

The Nationals decided on Saturday that they will not be tendering 2010 contracts to pitchers Mike MacDougal and Scott Olsen, who were eligible for arbitration.

Both players are coming off injuries. Olsen missed most of the season because of a small tear in his left labrum, going 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 games, while MacDougal, who ended the season as the Nationals’ closer, saved 20 games with a 3.60 ERA but needed offseason surgery on his right hip.

General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals were not willing to tender contracts to MacDougal and Olsen because they weren’t sure if they were going to be 100 percent healthy. Rizzo also did not rule out both players returning to the team. 

“These are very difficult decisions because these are guys that we really, really like,” Rizzo said. “They were great teammates this past season. These are business decisions. We have to do what is best for the franchise.

“With Scotty having the arm surgery at the end of the season, we are not sure where he is physically. We couldn’t take a chance offering him a contract and going to arbitration with him.

“Mike was the same type of situation. He did a nice job for us. He is a guy we really counted on this year. He performed well for us. With the little bit of inconsistency toward the end of the season and then the hip surgery, it was too big of a risk for us.”

Olsen, who made $2.8 million in 2009, said he was not surprised that he was non-tendered. He said the shoulder is 100 percent and hopes to return  to the Nationals because he feels the team is going in the right direction under Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman.

“It’s not an unexpected move by the organization. We have to see how this plays out,” Olsen said. “I don’t have any plans to go anywhere else since I got traded over there. I think Washington  is a great place to play. I would love to go back there.”

MacDougal expressed disappointment that he was non-tendered, in part,  because of his hip injury. He said that the hip is 100 percent and he will start working out at the end of this month.

“I’m disappointed,” MacDougal said. “I enjoyed playing there. I thought I did a good job, so yeah, it’s a little disappointing. What can you do? I’m a free agent and go from there.”

MacDougal’s agent, Rex Gary, said that Rizzo never told him that the hip played a role in MacDougal getting non-tendered.

“Michael was at the doctor and had a great report and everything is fantastic,” Gary said.  “The hip was never brought up as an issue and it really isn’t an issue.”

The Nationals have until midnight Saturday to tender a contract to outfielder Josh Willingham, catchers Jesus Flores and Wil Nieves and pitchers Jason Bergmann and Sean Burnett.

Nationals will not tender contracts to Olsen, MacDougal

The Nationals decided on Saturday that they will not be tendering 2010 contracts to pitchers Mike MacDougal and Scott Olsen, who were eligible for arbitration. 

Both players are coming off injuries. Olsen missed most of the season because of a small tear in his left labrum. He went 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 games.

MacDougal ended the season as the Nationals closer, saving 20 games with a 3.60 ERA, but needed offseason surgery on his right hip.

The Nationals have until midnight Saturday to tender contracts to outfielder Josh Willingham, catchers Jesus Flores and Wil Nieves and pitchers Jason Bergmann and Sean Burnett.  

Sosa designated for assignment; Olsen on 60-day DL

The Nationals designated right-hander Jorge Sosa for assignment Tuesday. The news comes after Washington promoted pitchers Ross Detwiler, Marco Estrada, Logan Kensing and Zack Segovia and shortstop Ian Desmond to the big leagues.

Sosa was used in the late innings, but was often hit hard, going 2-1 with a 6.45 ERA.  

In other news, the Nationals transferred left-hander Scott Olsen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Olsen has not played a game since early July because of left shoulder surgery.

Scott Olsen has surgery on left shoulder

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen had surgery on his left shoulder to repair a small labrum tear on Thursday morning.

Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, who performed the surgery, didn’t find any further damage inside the shoulder. The surgery was done at Washington Hospital Center.

Olsen, 25,  is out for the rest of the season and hopes to start a throwing program within two months. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

“Olsen’s surgery went well,” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “Sometimes you can go in there and find some stuff that is unexpected. This was all expected. It’s as minimal as it can be. It will be six to eight weeks before he could start a throwing program and you take it from there.”   

Olsen, who makes $2.8 million, is arbitration eligible. Asked if he could be non-tendered during the offseason,” Rizzo said, “We have a long way to make those decisions.” 
Olsen finished the season with a record of  2-4 with a 6.03 ERA.

Scott Olsen's season is over

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, and Olsen  learned he will be out for the rest of the season because of a small tear in his left labrum.

Olsen, who returned to Nationals Park from Alabama at 9:50 p.m. ET, will have surgery on Thursday morning at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director, will perform the surgery.

“Nine times out of 10, it is just a cleanup procedure with the idea that they are back — competition ready  — within three months. That’s the goal here,” Dr. Douoguih said. “Every once in a while, you go in and you find something a little bit more extensive. Probably 90 percent of them are just going to be a clean-up procedure.” 

Olsen appeared to be disbelief that he would no longer play in 2009. He hopes to be ready by Spring Training.

“It’s surprising,” Olsen said. “We had an MRI done the other day. We got Dr. Wiemi’s opinion and today we flew to Alabama and got Dr. Andrews opinion. Everybody seems to be along the same line of thinking, so we are going to go ahead and have some surgery done. Hopefully, it will work out well and get ready for next year.”

Olsen said he started feeling pain in the shoulder on July 10 against the Astros in Houston. In that game, he lasted six innings and gave up four runs in a 6-5 loss.

“I just didn’t feel normal,” Olsen said. “The day after I pitched in Houston was a hard day. I really couldn’t go through my throwing program like I normally would. It didn’t get any better with the days off  during the All-Star break. It didn’t get any better. I had to skip Friday and then get second opinions. I’m not the only person that has had surgery. We just go back and try to build up for next year.”

Olsen also missed time earlier in the year because of a sore shoulder. He is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA this season.

“I thought this was behind me. Obviously, it’s not. There’s nothing else I can do about it now.” he said. 

Olsen to be out of action for a while

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen went to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday and it appears that Olsen will not play baseball for a lengthy period of time.

Interim manager Jim Riggleman indicated that Olsen has left labrum problems in his shoulder. No further details were given. A team spokesman said more information may be given after Monday’s game against the Mets or the next day.

“The results from the MRI showed some labrum issues,” Riggleman said. “Anytime you hear that word, you figure that’s going to be a while. I don’t know if it’s season ending. We have 2 ½ months left in the season. I just know it’s going to be a number of weeks and then you have to build the guy back up.”        

Olsen, who is already on the disabled list, missed time earlier in the season because of a sore shoulder. Olsen is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 starts this season.