The Washington Times - August 4, 2013, 07:15PM

MILWAUKEE — Taylor Jordan pushed his 2013 innings total to 131 innings on Sunday afternoon in a 5 1/3-inning performance against the Milwaukee Brewers. He held the Brewers to just one run over the first five innings, but was part of the sixth-inning debacle that led to the loss.

After the game, Jordan said the Nationals have told him he’s got about four more starts left before he is shut down for the season.


Jordan, who has done an admirable job coming up from Double-A and filling the Nationals’ No. 5 starter role in his rookie season, is on an innings limit as part of his continued rehab from 2011 Tommy John surgery.

This season, which began in Single-A for Jordan, is his first full season back from surgery and rehab. He threw 90 1/3 innings in the minor leagues before being called up.

As is the Nationals’ protocol for this type of injury and recovery, Jordan will likely be shutdown somewhere in the 150-160 innings range. 

“I try not to think about it,” Jordan said Sunday.

The Nationals, whose decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg during the Nationals’ 98-win season a year ago was well-publicized, have been vague about Jordan’s limits to this point.

General manager Mike Rizzo has said he has parameters in mind for the right-hander. Manager Davey Johnson, while hinting at the limit being around 150-160 innings, often deflects questions about it. 

This case, of course, is flying a bit more under the radar, particularly given the Nationals’ place in the standings.

While Jordan’s name does not yet carry the same cache as Strasburg’s in the baseball world, he continued to make his case to at least be allowed to compete for a spot in the Nationals’ starting rotation out of camp next spring.

While the Nationals will have to figure out how to fill his spot in the rotation in September, particularly with Ross Detwiler still on the road back from a herniated disc in his back, their overarching focus with Jordan seems to be on what appears to be a promising future.