PHILADELPHIA — There wasn’t much that went right for John Lannan in an abbreviated outing Saturday night in Philadelphia, but he did earn himself top billing on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight with the No. 1 Web Gem. Lannan’s diving glove flip to catcher Wilson Ramos that sailed remarkably over the shoulder of Ryan Howard to get the Phillies’ first baseman out at home plate was deemed the best of the night.
Sunday morning, though, Lannan was still dealing with a repercussion of that play: his left knee was still feeling a little tight after the ball checked up on him as he was going to the ground for it. Lannan, who has dealt with mild patella tendinitis in the past from his running routine, didn’t seem overly concerned about the soreness in the knee but did admit that he would have it checked out again by the Nationals’ trainers.
Lannan remained in the game after the play Saturday night but he walked the next batter — pitcher Roy Oswalt — and allowed an RBI-single to Jimmy Rollins before finally getting a ground ball to escape the inning. While he didn’t feel the knee was affecting him enough to come out of the game immediately, it did affect him when pushing off the mound with his left leg.
With Sunday afternoon’s game rained out in Philadelphia, and provided the Nationals rotation remains on-turn, Lannan will not pitch again until Saturday night, against the Phillies, at Nationals Park. He will have six full days of rest between starts, giving him a few extra days to rest any ailments he’s feeling after Saturday’s 11-3 loss.