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Maya likely to start Sunday

May 28, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

Something unusual will occur Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park: A pitcher who wasn't on the Opening Day roster will start against the Padres, the first time that's happened this season.

With Tom Gorzelanny going on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, the Nationals finally find themselves needing to promote a starter from their farm system. Though a formal announcement wasn't made Saturday, right-hander Yunesky Maya is expected to be recalled from Class AAA Syracuse.

The Nationals had been the majors' lone remaining club to use only five starting pitchers so far this season, a rare display of consistency from a franchise that has seen plenty of rotation turnover through the years.

Never before had the Nationals made it this deep into a season needing only five starters. In fact, they've never made it through a season using less than 11 starters and last season used 14. The fact Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann and Gorzelanny all made it this far without missing a start hasn't been lost on team officials.

"That's big," manager Jim Riggleman said. "That doesn't happen anymore in today's world, unfortunately. Very few teams go weeks,Read more »

  1. Anonymous8 - May 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    When will they use a sixth starting pitcher for the first time?Dave Sheinin — April 22 at PiratesPete Kerzel — April 23 at PiratesAdam Kilgore — April 30 vs. GiantsCraig Heist — May 1 vs. GiantsBen Goessling — May 5 at PhilliesMark Zuckerman — May 8 at MarlinsBill Ladson — May 15 vs. MarlinsAmanda Comak — June 1 vs. Phillies

  2. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    "We try to do it with just about everyone anyways," the manager said. "So while he's got a little tenderness, this is the time to do it."Everyone? Really?

  3. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Looks like Amanda Comak wins this one.

  4. Rabbit - May 28, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    After Saturday's loss, look at the BIRGHT SIDE….in a few more losses we may have another one game winning streak!! O…M…G…are they bad. And I have tickets for Monday. (a gift!?)

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 28, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    He may be wooly. Young arms do get wooly, because of all the stress.

  6. Anonymous - May 28, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    @sec3: wolly bully. Prolly another Ladson bad-ass-tune.

  7. slade - May 28, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    My 4 year old asked me why Matt Stairs is still on the team….you would guess if a 4 year old could figure it out then……oh well you know the rest

  8. Get Some Players - May 28, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    In the meantime, one of the best pitchers in the minors (Meyers) is not given the call. And why? I bet it has something to do with money.

  9. Grandstander - May 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Meyers isn't getting the call because:A) He's made only 4 starts at AAA this year.B) 2 of those starts weren't all that greatC) He's not on the 40-man rosterD) He pitched 2 days agoLAC has nothing to do with this. Maya makes perfect sense because he's already on the 40-man, has ML experience and it's his turn in the rotation anyway. My only issue is i hope they release Stairs to get him up here and keep BallyStar as an extra arm in the pen.

  10. Doc - May 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    @ Get Some Players said: Yeah money, not talent.Otherwise it would be Meyers. If Detweiler's stuff hadn't gone south, he'd have been ahead any SP at 'Scuse.I also think that Steve McCatty deserves some credit for the pitching staff this year.

  11. Anonymous - May 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Craig Stammen is 5-2 as a starter for Syracuse this season. In his last 4 starts, he has won each time. He has shown consistency all season, unlike Detwiler or Maya, and certainly has major-league experience. Maya should not have been called up over Stammen when he can only boast one win and an overall lack of consistency.

  12. Section 222 - May 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    The Nats starting pitching has been a nice surprise this year. It probably can't last, but imagine what our record would be if it had been as bad as most expected it would be. I for one am excited to see Maya get another shot. He has the potential to be a decent 4 or 5 starter.I've been catching up on Mark's posts and have a few thoughts that I'll leave here. First, whether or not Werth was being truthful in explaining his comments about changes being needed (doubtful), I'll be glad if his explanation makes the controversy he stoked go away. His original comments certainly didn't help the team, even if Reid's column in the Post was an overreaction. Best move for Werth was to back off. If he had to dump on the media to make his escape, so be it. They're just doing their jobs. Now let's hope he concentrates on doing his and does it better. He's right though about Teddy needing to win. The Prez race is tired and boring. If the Entertainment Committee gets the message from Werth after ignoring the obvious for several years, then good for him.LaRoche. Oh my. Readers of my comments are probably tired of hearing that I've had labrum surgery and it's a bear to recover from. Has anyone ever heard of someone coming back from that surgery in under a year? Nope, didn't think so. If LaRoche thinks he can play through this season, have the surgery in October and be back for spring training he is smoking something. If he wants to be recovered by ST in '12, he needs to have that surgery yesterday and pray. It won't work, but still. The Nats medical staff is once again falling down on the job (what else is new, see FJB's recent post) if they've told him he can wait a few more weeks before deciding whether he'll do the surgery. Adam, we hardly knew ya.Finally, yesterday's game. It's time for Stairs to go. If Riggleman really had confidence "that Matt would get it done," he was the only one in Nats Park or watching on TV that did. I don't think even Stairs had confidence. He's lost at the plate, always swinging late if he's swinging at all. Sending him up in that situation was almost an admission of defeat. As is keeping him on the roster.

  13. Anonymous - May 29, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    New pitcher today?? Well unless he throws a no hitter and SD makes 3 errors should be another loss for the Expos. Hey, I heard Matt Stairs is leading off and playing centerfield today.

  14. Anonymous - May 29, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Umm, Anon 8:55, what is this lack of consistency with Maya you speak of? Here are his lines from his starts.Apr 7 – 4.2 inn, 8 hits, 5er, 2bb, 2kApr 14 – 5.2 inn, 4 hits, 2er, 1bb, 5kApr 19 – 6.0 inn, 7 hits, 3er, 3bb, 4kApr 24 – 7.0 inn, 3 hits, 3er. 0bb, 9kApr 30 – 8.0 inn, 3 hits, 0er, 0bb, 6kMay 7 – 6.2 inn, 5 hits, 2er. 1bb, 7kMay 12 – 7.1 inn, 7 hits, 3er, 1bb, 2kMay 18 – 6.1 inn, 4 hits, 3 er, 1bb, 2kMay 23 – 7.2 inn, 6 hits, 4er, 2bb, 7kThat to me looks like 7 starts where if his team had scored any runs he should have one and only 2 he deserved to lose. The Cheif's offense is actually as bad as the Nats or worse so people need to lay off the win lose record crap and looks at some other stats. Batters are hitting a lowly .214 against Maya, his whip on the year is .99 (better than Craig Stammen), he is on the 40 man roster and he i due to pitch today. Stop trying to make it a conspiracy theory. This is actually the proper move.Your rotation savior, Craig Stammen, has almost identical numbers down at AAA to Maya other than win lose record. Not to mention we've all seen that Stammen can't get through 5 innings on a regular basis at the major league level. I like the guy but he should have been in our bullpen at the beginning of the year, not Chad Gaudin.Section 222, it is the same injury that Adrian Gonzalez had last season, he had offseason surgery and he is back in the lineup for the Red Sox and last I saw he was hitting .340, with 8 homers and 37rbis. I think he is doing just fine. Gonzalez didn't have it until October last season and was back in ST. -pdowdy83

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