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Jordan, Espinosa leave game in fifth inning

Apr 27, 2014, 6:29 PM EST

Photo by the Associated Press Photo by the Associated Press

Pitching through one of his best starts of the young 2014 season, Taylor Jordan was unexpectedly removed after just four innings during the Nationals’ loss to the Padres on Sunday afternoon.

After the game it was explained Jordan was dealing with a bad fever, and was lucky to even make it as far as he did. He got little sleep the night before and was nearly scratched before the game.

“I’ve had this headache since early this morning. I didn’t really sleep last night. I just got the chills, I’m hot,” he said.

“Towards the end it started to go back towards the back of my head.”

The Nationals hooked Jordan after allowing a run through four innings on three hits and two walks. He entered the day with only one quality start through four this season and looked to be turning a corner.

Jordan, however, was showing a significant drop in velocity. His fastball was topping out in the mid-80s, well below the mid-90s heat he dealt in 2013. His velocity has actually been down in recent starts, hovering around 90 miles per hour, but this was certainly unusual.

Manager Matt Williams attributed the lack in velocity to fatigue from his illness.

“He was just weak and didn’t feel well at all today,” Williams said. “His fastball velocity was way down, he was weak out there. He gave us what he could give us today.”

Jordan was replaced after four innings once Williams thought he was slowing down.

“We couldn’t let him go any further, he just wasn’t feeling well at all,” Williams said.

After Jordan left, the Nationals saw relief pitchers Ross Detwiler and Aaron Barrett combine to give up three runs over the next two innings. Detwiler took the loss.

Jordan is set to make one more start before starter Doug Fister comes off the disabled list. At this point all signs point to Fister taking Jordan’s spot on the roster when he is ready.

The team has two of the next four days off, giving the Nationals some options with their rotation. Williams, however, does not expect to adjust things to skip Jordan’s next start.

“As of right now, we’re giving everybody an extra day. With the off days, we can do that. So right now there’s no change. Today he just didn’t feel well.”

Danny Espinosa also left the game after taking a 78 mile per hour curveball off his right kneecap in the bottom of the second inning. He remained in the game for two more innings before being removed in a double switch.

“Espi took ball of the kneecap,” Williams said. “It then started to swell and his spot was the spot when we had to get Taylor out of there. It was the logical thing to do.”

Espinosa sported a large bruise on the knee afterwards and said he can see the seams of the baseball in the wound. He does not believe he will miss any time, but will have to see how he feels on Tuesday when the team picks back up in Houston to play the Astros.

  1. Doc - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Knew that there was something wrong when TJ’s FB was hitting 84. Surprised that he didn’t get hit around some more.

  2. Candide - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I posted this earlier today:

    Was out of town helping my mom after cataract surgery, so all I could do was sneak the occasional peek at MLB At Bat. If my being unable to either watch or attend the game is all it takes for the Nats to score eleven runs and the starting pitcher to go seven strong, well, my absence can be bought.

    Bidding starts at $1 for each game the opposing team is over .500…

    I drove home yesterday afternoon when my mom chased me out of the house* – she’s doing much better than she’d feared – looking to get home in time for first pitch, blissfully unaware that yesterday was an afternoon game. Didn’t realize it until my nephew texted me to look at Fanner’s line.

    So I neither saw nor attended yesterday’s game, either, and you see the results.

    Again, my absence can be bought. Especially today, since Cunegonde and I have Stars and Stripes seats at $45 apiece. My absence will cost 2 x $45 plus 2 x $25 for the bobbleheads we’ll be foregoing. So if you want Taylor Jordan to finally get his act together, I can guarantee it for $140. If that’s too much for you, someone can start a collection…

    * Oh, and ArVaFan, thanks for the good wishes for my mom!

    Nobody kept me away from today’s game, and you see what happened. We were also at Thursday’s game, and you saw what happened. The only two games we won against MLB’s weakest-hitting team were the ones I never got a peek at. And the ones we lost were the ones I attended.

    The next three games Cunegonde and I are scheduled to attend are May 16 (Mets), May 20 (Reds), and May 30 (Rangers).

    Time for NIers to step up. You know what to do. I accept PayPal.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM






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