John Lannan was supposed to be the fifth starter in the rotation for the Nationals this season. Davey Johnson changed his mind last minute, giving the spot to Ross Detwiler. That left Lannan to twiddle his thumbs in AAA…until now.
According to Mark Zuckerman, Lannan will return to the Nats for a start on Saturday. However, with Stephen Strasburg on an innings limit and Chien-Ming Wang’s health what it is, we could see Lannan on a regular basis down the road.
Just when the Nats won’t want him.
Rumors say the Nats are shopping for another starter, something they seem to have an abundance of already. But when Strasburg is inevitably shut down, they will need another arm, and the options they have aren’t great.
Barring a trade and a remarkable health turnaround for Wang, the Nats could turn to two main sources: Lannan or Tom Gorzelanny. Yeah, that’s the situation we’re dealing with.