With the Nationals placing left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation late Friday night (we’ll find out more about this tomorrow), they now need a starter for Sunday’s series finale with the San Diego Padres.
Here’s a quick look at their possible options:
– Yunesky Maya: The Cuban right-hander would be on five-days rest would he take Gorzelanny’s spot in the rotation. But Maya is just 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts this season with Triple-A Syracuse. His last time out, Maya went 7 2/3 innings but took the loss after allowing four earned runs. His season to this point has been inconsistent. While Maya does have a scoreless eight-inning performance in his past, he’s also allowed at least three earned runs on six different occasions.
– Ross Detwiler: Like Maya, Detwiler has been underwhelming thus far this season. While the Nationals are certainly high on the former first round pick, he’s 3-4 with a 5.77 ERA in nine starts this season. In his most recent outing, Detwiler was tagged with five earned runs and saw every Rochester batter before he even made it out of the first inning. Detwiler has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last five starts — not a recent track record that’s exactly screaming for a promotion to the major leagues — but he’s considered a part of this team’s future so the Nationals could consider this the time to throw him into the fire a little more.
– Brad Meyers: The pitcher who’s performed the best this season of the three mentioned thus far, Meyers has not only struck out 57 batters (between Double-A and Triple-A) he’s only walked one. His control has been impeccable and that’s helped him work to a 6-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in the minor leagues this season. However, Meyers has the least experience at Triple A of this group of eligible pitchers and the Nationals may be hesitant to rush his development just because there’s an opening at the major league level right now.
– The Nationals could, hypothetically, just skip Gorzelanny’s spot in the rotation this time around and use the roster spot for another need right now. With the off day on Thursday, all of the Nationals starters would still be on regular rest of they were to push everyone up a day (meaning Livan Hernandez would pitch Sunday) but I’d imagine this is a last resort and would only be used if the Nationals deem a position player or a reliever both needed and worth of a promotion at this time.
A corresponding roster move to Gorzelanny being placed on the DL will be announced in the morning.