The Washington Times - June 14, 2011, 07:33PM

A few quick injury updates and pregame notes:

– Cole Kimball had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Monday so he will not throw until Friday. He’ll go through physical therapy after that and the plan is for him to throw a bullpen about five days after he throws Friday. Kimball said that he’s already started to feel less soreness in the area from being inactive for a few days.

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– Tom Gorzelanny feels healthy enough to return to the Nationals starting rotation after a four-inning rehab start Monday night with Triple-A Syracuse where he allowed four earned runs, three from a three-run homer. Gorzelanny said Tuesday that the tightness he was feeling three weeks ago in Milwaukee has subsided and he doesn’t think he’d need another rehab start to be ready.

The Nationals, though, had not yet decided on whether he’d make one or not.

“He may jump in this next one, he may make another rehab start,” Riggleman said. “That’s a conversation Steve McCatty, Lee Kuntz, Mike Rizzo and myself will have and talking to the Syracuse staff. Tom’s going to be a big part of this rotation here, whether it’s five days from now or the next one, we’re not sure yet.”

– Roger Bernadina was not in the lineup Tuesday but it was more precautionary than anything after the outfielder had sat out the final two games of the road trip with a sore hamstring. Plus, with the Nationals facing a left-handed pitcher, it’d be unlikely he would have played anyway. Bernadina said he’d be ready to go tomorrow.

– Left-hander Doug Slaten, on the DL with left elbow ulnar neurosis, said he’s just been resting and going through therapy for his elbow, “trying to get it to feel right” again. Right now Slaten has not been throwing and there’s no timetable currently for when he would begin.

– The Nationals chose to option Craig Stammen back to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Ryan Zimmerman on the roster, mostly because the Nationals bullpen is so well-rested there was no need to for seven pitcher in the bullpen. That could change with a phone call, though, Riggleman said.

“We just had this road trip where three relievers never even got up in the bullpen and had to even play catch. This is the most well-rested we’ve been,” Riggleman said. “You take that plus the offday yesterday and we’ve got three or four guys who really just haven’t gotten any work, so that’s a good thing. That means your starters are going deep in the game.

“The reason we can do it because we’ve got a number of what we feel is quality guys who have options and if we run into a situation here in the next couple of nights that we go through our bullpen a little too heavy, we’ll get on the phone and get one here tomorrow. We’re just a phone call away from having another pitcher here and in the meantime it allows us to carry another guy on the bench as far as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner, defensive replacement, however we need him.”