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Chico listed as starter

May 7, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

The Nationals don’t intend to announce tomorrow’s starting pitcher until tomorrow morning because they need to make a corresponding roster move.

But manager Jim Riggleman said he would let Marlins skipper Fredi Gonzalez know in advance as a courtesy. And the Marlins’ game notes currently list Matt Chico as tomorrow’s starter.

Infer from that as you will.

UPDATE AT 6:31 P.M. — Here is the full story on Chico’s return on

  1. UnkleWheez - May 7, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I am happy for Matt. I think he will do well. I remember him from his unhealthy days. He is a fighter. I wlll be cheering him on.

  2. Anonymous - May 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    It means you can skip Saturday night's game.

  3. Aeoliano - May 7, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    If they keep Lannan it probably means JMax may again be headed for SYR.

  4. DJ - May 7, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Congrats Matt Chico!…send Willy Taveras on his way out. Or Miguel Batista.

  5. NatsNut - May 7, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    I'm thinking Gonzalez. Riggleman said (somewhere) this morning that he can't Gonzalez enough at-bats and he's in the worst 3 against Josh Johnson (thanks for the preview, Mark). This one is tough though. Already with 6 relievers, it's not like Walker, Batista or Bruney are going anywhere. It has to be either Maxwell, Bernadina or Gonzalez and my bet is the latter.

  6. NatsNut - May 7, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    p.s. Good for Chico!

  7. Cwj - May 7, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Sending down Batista would leave the Nats with only 5 relievers. In my opinion 6 is ideal, 5 too little and 7 or 8 too many. Good luck Chico!

  8. natscan reduxit - May 7, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    … I'm glad they didn't succumb to the entreaties of Jason Marquis, that he should start. I only hope he doesn't get all sulky and feel dissed in the process…. I've got nothing against Taveras, but I agree he's the one to be removed. I mean who else would there be?Go Nats!

  9. Sunderland - May 7, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Between Taveras, Bernadina and Maxwell, one of those three has to go. I'd prefer to keep Bernadina….

  10. tystoneman - May 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    The Nats will send down Maxwell. They currently have a surplus of outfielders and JMax, as much as I like the kid, has looked just awful at the plate.

  11. Anonymous8 - May 7, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Do I win for guessing Chico last week?

  12. Cwj - May 7, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Anon8 – only if Chico gets a quality start :)

  13. Doc - May 7, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    As a courtesy to Fredi Gonzo, I would have told him tomorrow's pitcher will be Screech!

  14. Anonymous8 - May 8, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Stammen isn't helping himself at the plate so far. As good as he is at getting singles, bunting, not so good.

  15. natsfan1a - May 8, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Good for Chico. He took the ball for us plenty before he was brokeded. Go get 'em, Matt!



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