Riggleman says focus is on ‘right now’ for Nationals

The Nationals got rained out on Friday but there was still talk of optimism in the team’s future.

Nats skipper Jim Riggleman said he will not look ahead to 2011, nor will he look back on 2009. The focus is on “right now”.

It’s tempting to dream about the future when you have promising arms like those belonging to Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen in camp, along with a veteran arm Chien-Ming Wang who won 19 games twice in his career with the Yankees.

The question is when will any of these three be heading up 95 North to Washington, DC?

Wang’s rehab will not be rushed. The timetable will go according to how he progresses, though it would be nice to pencil him into the rotation sometime before the All-Star break.

Storen is the likeliest to get there first. He put himself on the fast track to the big leagues by signing early and hitting the professional ranks as fast as he could. He’s got the poise and determination to be here for a solid amount of time. So far this spring he’s shown he’s a competitor at the big league level.

When you see Strasburg pitch, you can’t help but think he’s GOT to head north. But, when you consider the reality of developing him for the long term, it just may make sense for him to start in Double-A and work his way to Nationals Park as a September call up.

Hey, maybe he’ll be pitching in DC sooner than anyone thought? I wonder if the club has pondered the idea of having him start the final exhibition game against the Red Sox on April 3 in Washington? That would give fans a great taste of the future...now!