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Right-hander Shairon Martis wasn’t promoted to the big leagues Tuesday because he reached his innings limit. He threw a combined 160 innings for Washington and Triple-A Syracuse.
General manager Mike Rizzo said Martis will get a chance to compete for a rotation spot next year.
* I forgot to mention another promotion the Nationals made on Tuesday. They called up athletic trainer Beth Jarrett from Triple-A Syracuse. She is in her eighth season with the organization.
Prior to joining Syracuse, she spent four consecutive seasons with Double-A Harrisburg as the team’s head athletic trainer. She also spent time with Class A Savannah and Clinton.
* Marco Estrada will be the Nationals’ fifth starter and will pitch against the Marlins on Saturday. Left-hander Ross Detwiler will work out of the bullpen the rest of the season because he is close to his innings limit.
After Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Orioles, the Nationals activated left-hander Scott Olsen from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Shairon Martis to Triple-A Syracuse.
Olsen will pitch against his former team, the Marlins, on Monday night at Dolphin Stadium. Manager Manny Acta is hoping to see a different pitcher than the one he saw during the first month and a half of the season. Olsen was often hit hard and behind in the count.
“I need to see more consistency out of him,” Acta said about Olsen. “I want to see the guy that pitched 200 innings for the Marlins. He is supposed to lead these kids. He is the oldest one out of all of them.”
Most people thought that right-handers Jesus Colome or Joel Hanrahan would be designated for assignment because they have pitched poorly all season. But general manager Mike Rizzo surprised the media by sending Martis down.
In his last two starts, Martis had given up 10 runs in his last 10 innings. He was often behind in the count. Rizzo felt that it was better that Martis straighten himself out in the Minor Leagues.
“It’s about taking care of the young pitchers,” Martis said. “Shairon has to go down and do what got him to the big leagues — pound the strike zone, execute his pitchers and get ahead of the hitters.”
Martis declined to comment. He was being consoled by Colome.
With Martis out of the picture, right-hander Craig Stammen will now go back into the rotation. He will now pitch against Florida on Tuesday. The original plan was to put him in the bullpen. When approached by the media, Stammen said he didn’t know that he was back in the rotation.
“Oh, cool. That’s the first I heard of it,” Stammen said. “I don’t know what to say. I don’t have much to say. I will do whatever.”
Nationals right-hander Shairon Martis has decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic, which starts on March 3. The news comes a day after teammate Roger Bernadina announced that he, too, would skip the Classic.
Martis is currently on the provisional roster and was expected to be a major player for the Netherlands.
Martis, 21, decided to stay in Nationals camp because he was told he has a good chance of making the 25-man roster.
“When I came to camp, they team told me I had a great chance to make the team, so that’s why I decided to stay with the team and see what happens,” Martis said.”Right now, [the Netherlands] don’t know that I’ve made this decision. When they find out, it’s going to be hard for them because they were counting on me. I want to play with them. I want to play in the Classic, but I better stay in Nationals camp.”