SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals manager Davey Johnson said on Monday night that with three off days coming up in the next two weeks that the team was considering altering their rotation.
One of the main goals was to get some separation back between left-handers Ross Detwiler and Gio Gonzalez, who became back-to-back starters when the Nationals flipped Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in the rotation two turns ago to give Zimmermann an extra day of rest.
They have not set it officially yet, waiting for a few things — including how Zimmermann gets through his start Tuesday night in San Francisco — but they could simply flip Edwin Jackson and Detwiler this weekend.
The switch would keep Detwiler on regular rest with him starting Friday night against the New York Mets, and give Jackson two extra days of rest with him starting on Saturday.
That would set the Nationals up to start Detwiler, Jackson and Gonzalez against the Mets and thenZimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Detwiler against the Atlanta Braves next week.