An MRI done on right-hander Dan Haren’s shoulder showed no structural damage, and Haren was hopeful he would miss only the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Manager Davey Johnson called it “probably a much-needed step back.”
Haren, while understanding the process and admitting the possibility it had effected his pitching, had a little bit of a different view.
“I hate being on the DL,” he said. “I hate it… For me, I feel like I’m not a part of the team. I want to be out there with the guys. I don’t like it at all.”
Still, Haren was expected to play catch on Thursday and go from there as he works to return to the Nationals’ rotation feeling healthy and looking to improve upon his 6.15 ERA.
In the meantime, the Nationals are likely to call up right-hander Taylor Jordan from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut on Saturday in New York.
“I’ve got a couple guys here who are pretty good in (Ross) Ohledorf, but we also have a couple young pitchers down (in the minor leagues),” Johnson said Tuesday. “We had Karns and there’s also a teammate of his who’s throwing pretty good.”
That teammate is likely Jordan, who has been tearing up the Eastern League. Jordan is 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA this season across Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg, but in seven starts in Double-A he has been even better, going 7-0 with a 0.83 ERA.
Jordan, who is in his first full season after 2011 Tommy John surgery and will be on an innings limit this season, was pulled after five innings with a very low pitch count in his start on Monday night — likely in preparation for his call up this coming weekend.
If Jordan is the guy, it’s unclear if the Nationals will allow him multiple starts at the major league level to prove he belongs or not. Johnson, however, did estimate that the team would need a starter until just about the All-Star break, which is three weeks away.