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Lannan to start vs. Braves, Wang activated

Sep 4, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

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John Lannan is expected to join the Nats’ rotation between Sept. 14-16.

He last pitched five days ago, tossing his second consecutive shutout for Class AAA Syracuse, so John Lannan would normally have been primed to return to the mound tonight.

Except there’s nowhere for the left-hander to pitch tonight. The minor-league season has ended, and Edwin Jackson is starting for the Nationals against the Cubs.

The Nationals won’t need Lannan until Stephen Strasburg makes his final start (scheduled for Sept. 12) and is shut down, opening a spot in their rotation. So what will he do until then?

The plan, as outlined by manager Davey Johnson today, calls for Lannan to throw on the side and keep his arm fresh, but not to appear in a game for at least another five days. Even then, he’ll only pitch an inning or two out of the bullpen.
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  1. jesse campion - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    In other news. Mark DeRosa is still a major league baseball player. Reason isn't quite known yet, but stay tuned.

  2. terpman33 - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Wang activated……that headline will never get old! GYFNG!!!

  3. SonnyG10 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    I wondered how they were going to keep Lannan in shape to step into the rotation.

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  9. natsfan1a - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Sixth time's the charm?Geez, I can't type this morning:And none of the commenters here are (at least, as far as I know). Reason for that *is* known, I do believe. :-)In other news. Mark DeRosa is still a major league baseball player. Reason isn't quite known yet, but stay tuned.

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