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Gio to start series-opener against Orioles

Jul 9, 2015, 2:41 PM EST

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Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nats in their series-opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Gonzalez was scheduled to start on Wednesday before the Nats’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed due to rain. The rotation for the rest of the weekend has yet to be revealed.

Gonzalez last pitched on July 3 against the San Francisco Giants. He gave up one run in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks. He is 6-4 with a 4.16 ERA this season.

With Wednesday’s game rained out, an off-day on Thursday and the All-Star break starting Monday, the Nationals have several options regarding their rotation for their series in Baltimore. Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer are all lined up to be able to start this weekend. One of them will have to be left to skip their start, possibly Scherzer who could then appear in Tuesday’s All-Star game in Cincinnati.

The Nationals return to action next Friday, July 17 against the Los Angeles Dodgers at home.

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    From James Wagner: “Wilmer Difo is joining Nats but unclear yet if he’ll be active. Could be protection for short bench if Denard Span does indeed land on DL.”

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 9, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Likely. I’ve predicted the Nats will wait to the last possible moment before putting Span on the DL and will avoid it if at all possible. May be dependent on the “specialist” he is seeing today but even if it turns out next week that he is not progressing as expected they will be able to back-date it by up to five days. Maybe Difo is a member of the Trailways mileage club.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        Yep, look at Taylor Hill this week.

      • jd - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

        If Roark doesn’t start then having Hill is superfluous anyway. Add Difo, you never know he may be useful in a pinch running role etc.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Chase, consider mother nature could change things if JZim’s wife goes into labor on Friday or Saturday.

    Jim Bowden believes that Scherer is now starting on Sunday.

    Best laid plans of mice and men with pregnant wives and unpredictable weather and an All Star game start.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      I’d hope that they’d pitch Gio, Roark and Fister, and let Scherzer have some rest.

      • rlndtln - Jul 9, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        What rest.He would then pitch in the AS game and we would lose him until next Sunday.We need him Sunday in Baltimore and if he needs rest keep him out to next Sunday and you can start 2nd half with the others.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      JZim’s wife is preggers? Well, I guess we know how he celebrated that no hitter now, don’t we?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

        Seems to match up PERFECT-ly

      • natsfan1a - Jul 9, 2015 at 7:07 PM

        Evidently somebody reached base. What?

      • ArVAFan - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        +9

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      The funniest words in predicting anything baseball related:

      “Jim Bowden believes…”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        Now I was repeating it , as he seemed 100% certain since he said it in regards to the All Star game repercussions that Scherzer was not going to pitch in the All Star game.

        Yes, Trea Turner will be the Nats starting SS on 8/1/2015 in the world according to JimBo.

  3. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Why can’t Strasburg go sit in the hallway if Mandy delivers this weekend? He’s on the DL anyway.
    (Ducking)

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      You must be old! Dads don’t sit in the hallways anymore!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Do they still pass out cigars? Do they still pass out, period?

  4. masterfishkeeper - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Regarding another OF bat, Delmon Young’s available.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/07/orioles-release-delmon-young.html

    JK, of course.

  5. natsjackinfl - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Hey! Delmon Young just got his release from the Orioles. How neat would it be toto pito pick him up for the weekend and have him DH?

    Anything to tick off Birdland.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      If he’s anything like his big brother, he can roll out of bed and hit.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      For sh!ts and giggles, I love the idea! DFA him after the game on Sunday. I think the problem is that he only can hit lefties and lousy righties. Chen is pitching in the series so that could be fun to watch!

      • stoatva - Jul 9, 2015 at 8:52 PM

        That is brilliant and evil. Let’s do it.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 9, 2015 at 7:10 PM

      I like it.

    • stoatva - Jul 9, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      Someone on Twitter remarked a couple of years ago: “There are actual butchers who can play outfield better than Delmon Young.”

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 9, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    “From Boz: My col: Desmond will play every day. Bustin’ your flat screen won’t help. U wait for hitters to hit. (Almost) forever http://t.co/VT6joW6Bal

    I sort of agree with Boz. Still need more rest days while he finds himself. If he can’t, we’re in trouble.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 9, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      +20

  7. unkyd59 - Jul 9, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    So… It’s an off night, and prolly too far down the thread for anyone to notice, but a thought ocurred to me; If The Babe played today, with his peerless offensive skills AND his elite pitching ability…. Could he be your LF AND your closer? There weren’t closers, back then, so it never came up. You’d have to sit him, anything he closed two nights in a row, but he’d still be in your lineup 140 or so games a year, right?

    • Tyler Babip - Jul 10, 2015 at 12:49 AM

      So what you’re saying is: we should see how hard Harper’s curve breaks? Just in case?

      • unkyd59 - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:37 AM

        Hey, all he needs is a lively FB and another +pitch, right? 😜

  8. stoatva - Jul 9, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Lovin it!

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 9, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Nats fans have to take a backseat on the wham-bulance!

      Or is it the front seat?

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