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Updates on Harper, J-Zimm, Maya

Aug 20, 2010, 10:05 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — Mike Rizzo just held court for a few minutes on the field during batting practice and gave some updates on several players of note, so let's run through them all…

JORDAN ZIMMERMANN: The rehabbing right-hander starts tonight for Class AAA Syracuse, his 10th minor-league start of the summer and quite possibly his last. Rizzo didn't fully commit to promoting Zimmermann after this outing, but he seemed to strongly suggest that's the plan. "We've been taking him start-by-start," the GM said. "But I think if he throws well, we would probably consider bringing him back. Put it this way: If there's no need for another minor-league start, developmental-wise or to get him ready to pitch up here, then we would bring him up here." UPDATE AT 8:42 P.M.: Zimmermann tossed five more scoreless innings tonight at Syracuse, allowing one hit, striking out five and walking one. In 10 minor-league starts, he has a 1.59 ERA. Gotta believe he'll be pitching in D.C. next week.

YUNESKY MAYA: The recently signed Cuban right-hander is scheduled to start Sunday for Class A Potomac after two good outings in the Gulf Coast League (one earned run, three hits in seven total innings). What happens after that? "He'll have at least one more minor-league start, an upper-level, minor-league start," Rizzo said. "Then we'll see where we're at after September 1. He'll probably come to the big leagues and get a start up here."

Obviously, once Zimmermann and Maya reach the majors, the Nats will face some rotation decisions. Rizzo said they won't go to a six-man rotation. A more-likely scenario would have two current starters moving to the bullpen, though those guys could be "piggy-backed" with Zimmermann or Maya and pitch long relief after theRead more »

  1. Nervous Nats Fan - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    What does this mean? Is there some reason he can't?"Contractually, he's not going to play in the games in the GCL."

  2. meixler - Aug 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    I'm wondering the same thing NNF. If he doesn't play in the GCL would it somehow save an option?

  3. Anonymous8 - Aug 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Thank you for addressing the 6 man rotation question from last week.

  4. Anonymous8 - Aug 20, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    From Nats Journal, a little different transcription of the quote which seems somewhat contradictory:"What we'll do is we'll prepare him for an instructional league in Florida," Rizzo said of Harper. "He'll do his work with the GCL team, probably not playing in the games. Contractually, he's not going to play in the games in the GCL."

  5. Andrew - Aug 21, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Anonymous…who cares? Read the last, most important sentence.

  6. Anonymous - Aug 21, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    the gcl ends in a week. by the time he gets down there after coming to dc they will have about 3 games left and he hasnt played in months. what exactly is the point of throwing him out there right away?

  7. We Need a Bat - Aug 21, 2010 at 2:48 AM

    I'd think with Zimmermann coming up on or about August 25, they'd go a position player short for 6 days until rosters expand. So Mench is sent back down and Olsen to the bullpen.





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