The Washington Times - August 17, 2013, 06:29PM

ATLANTA — Taylor Jordan’s season ended Saturday morning when the Washington Nationals placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with a right low back strain.

Jordan, who threw six strong innings against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, was always going to have his season ended prematurely as a product of his post-Tommy John surgery innings limit. But the back injury, which did not appear to be an issue until late Friday night, unexpectedly sped up the process. 


“I didn’t find out that he even had a back problem again (until late Friday night),” manager Davey Johnson said Saturday. “I mentioned it to (the media) earlier in the week that he was in a dentist’s chair or something, his back acted up. When he came in to get treatment after the game, me and (general manager Mike Rizzo) felt like there’s no sense chancing him, since he was only going to have a limited number of starts the rest of the way.

“We didn’t want to shut him down, but again, he was going to be shut down a couple more starts. With the back problem, you don’t want a guy coming out there and hurting his arm with something bothering his delivery. So that became a no-brainer then.”

The shut down comes after Jordan threw 142 innings this season, which is more than the team initially planned for the right-hander, who is coming off 2011 Tommy John surgery. Jordan began this season in Single-A, and threw 90 1/3 innings in the minor leagues before being promoted to the major leagues on June 29. 

In the nine starts he’s made since, Jordan went from being a promising prospect to a bona-fide contender for a spot in the Nationals’ 2014 rotatoin.

“There’s no question about it,” Johnson said. “No question about it. He’s got good stuff, good command. He’s still very young at it, but he showed that he belongs up here.”

Jordan worked to a 3.66 ERA in his nine starts, and he kept his composure admirably well when his teammates played sloppily behind him. In Jordan’s nine starts, the Nationals committed 12 errors. 

“I really liked his maturity,” Johnson said. “He had good poise on the mound, his release times to home plate were really good. His stuff and location got better as he’s been up here, and his slider was his third pitch and it became equally as good as his fastball/changeup. So he’s got a good future up here.”

Jordan was not available for comment before the Nationals’ 7:10 p.m. game against the Braves on Saturday night.

As for who will assume his spot in the rotation — which opened because of injuries first to Dan Haren and then to Ross Detwiler — Johnson said the team expects right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to join them in Chicago this week and be activated in time to start on Wednesday.

Ohlendorf, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 1 with inflammation in his right shoulder, pitched four innings in a rehab start for Single-A Potomac on Friday night. 

“He was feeling fine after his outing,” Johnson said. “His arm felt good. His velocity was fine. And he has no reoccurance of the problem he had before when he went on the DL. So he’ll join us there.”