John Lannan Named Fifth Starter

Manager Davey Johnson has announced that John Lannan will be the Nationals’ fifth starter. “John’s my guy,” Johnson said.

Lannan, the subject of many trade rumors this offseason, has been battling with Ross Detwiler and the recently-injured Chien-Ming Wang for the final spot of the rotation.

Don’t expect this to end trade talks surrounding Lannan. The front office would love for his $5-million salary to come off the books and for the 26-year-old Detwiler to get a crack at the rotation. Detwiler posted a phenomenal 3.00 ERA in 15 appearances (10 starts) with the big club last year, recording 41 strikeouts over 66 innings.

Should Lannan remain on the roster, look for either Detwiler or Wang to get shopped around, especially if Mike Rizzo decides to restart his pursuit for a center fielder. Perhaps the Royals decide they need pitching and flip Jason Bourgeois to Washington in a deal for Detwiler..

In other news, Johnson said that Wang has been recovering nicely from the hamstring he suffered on March 15. “I’m impressed with what he’s been doing already,” Johnson said. According to a report by Adam Kilgore of the Washington post, Johnson expects Wang to be on the disabled list for four to six weeks, but that the Nationals will not rush him since hamstring injuries can come back quickly if treated improperly.

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