Five days removed from getting the news that he would not be a part of the Nationals’ 2012 Opening Day roster, John Lannan took the mound in Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday for his first minor league start since 2010.
The last time Lannan pitched in Double-A, as Syracuse Chiefs’ PR man Jason Benetti pointed out, it was August 2007. The first batter he faced that day? Nyjer Morgan.
So it was, with his former teammates in Chicago and no movement on his request for a trade, that Lannan took the mound in Syracuse Sunday afternoon.
Two innings later he was done. Lannan allowed five earned runs on six hits and two walks in his Triple-A debut. He needed 56 pitches to get through the two innings, threw first-pitch strikes to just six of the 14 batters he faced and fell behind 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 to six different batters.
Lannan’s desire for a trade was likely not helped with the outing and without being there it’s difficult to say if it was as bad as the numbers show. But suffice it to say it wasn’t the dominant outing Lannan was likely hoping for to prove to the Nationals that he doesn’t belong in the minor leagues.
– In Bowie, Md., Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel continued their rehab assignments by helping the Double-A Harrisburg Senators top the Baysox 5-2.
Morse was 1-for-2 with a two-run double and a walk as the Senator’s designated hitter.
Ankiel, who played center field, was 0-for-2 with a walk.
Neither played nine innings.