Tom Gorzelanny looks likely to be in Nationals’ rotation

VIERA, Fla. - Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will pitch in his first major league spring game tonight, throwing two innings against the Astros in Kissimmee. Gorzelanny has been limited this spring because of a sinus infection, and has only appeared in one intrasquad game, where he threw 26 pitches in two innings.

But despite that - and despite the way Ross Detwiler has looked early this spring - Gorzelanny appears headed for the Nationals’ rotation.

Manager Jim Riggleman said as much this morning, all but guaranteeing Gorzelanny will be on the staff. The Nationals traded three prospects to get Gorzelanny from the Cubs this winter, and he’s scheduled to make $2.1 million this season. Those factors made it unlikely he would get bounced out of the rotation, at least to start the year, and Riggleman reinforced that line of thinking today.

“We got him over here to start,” Riggleman said. “We’re going into this thing thinking he’s one of our starters. We anticipate him getting stretched out in plenty of time to start whatever slot he takes in the rotation. That’s where we are with it right now. There is competition in the camp, but we brought him in here to be a starter, and that’s what we anticipate.”

The left-hander was throwing in the mid-80s in his intrasquad appearance, but has historically thrown in the low 90s. We’ll get a chance to see him tonight.