The Washington Nationals today returned from rehab and reinstated left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen from the 15-Day Disabled List and placed right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-Day DL with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to July 22. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Olsen, who will get the starting nod in today’s series finale against Atlanta, missed the last 59 games after he was placed on the DL on May 22 with left shoulder tightness. The 26-year-old went 0-0 with a 3.21 ERA (5 ER/14.0 IP) in four rehab starts with the Gulf Coast League Nationals, the Hagerstown Suns of the Single-A South Atlantic League and most-recently the Potomac Nationals of the Single-A Carolina League. He struck out 11 and walked one during his rehab assignment.
Olsen is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in eight starts with the Nationals this season. In the six starts prior to his DL stint, he went 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA.
Strasburg, 22, is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts with Washington. He has posted a .216 batting average against, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54.1 innings.