Saturday morning Nationals notes (Gorzelanny/Maya, Zimmerman)

A happy Saturday morning to all of you. A few quick notes and thoughts before I head out for the day to help with a couple of friends’ moves; I’m repaying them for their help with my move a few weeks ago. There really aren’t too many tasks worse than moving, are there?

Anyway, on to baseball:

* When I was at Nationals Park yesterday for our first live chat with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, I saw Tom Gorzelanny playing catch in the outfield, throwing from probably 90 feet or so. I’d guess he’d get on a mound in the not too distant future, and be back in the Nationals’ rotation later this month. That’s a good development for the team, because while Gorzelanny was tailing off when he went on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation, he was still pitching better than Yunesky Maya has so far. Maya gave up four runs (though three came in after Doug Slaten took over for him) in 4 1/3 innings. He also walked three batters, and gave up a home run, with most of the damage again coming in the fifth inning. He still has some time to sort things out, but he hasn’t shown many signs of being a competent major league pitcher so far. He’s got to command his fastball consistently for his curveball to be a weapon, and he hasn’t shown he can do that yet.

* Ryan Zimmerman will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow at SIngle-A Hagerstown, starting for the Suns in a 4:05 p.m. game. Fans looking for a glimpse of the future will get to see Zimmerman and Bryce Harper on the same team for a few games, before Zimmerman comes back to the major leagues. I’ve long been targeting the Nationals’ first home game after this road trip (June 14) as the likely return date for Zimmerman, so he doesn’t have to join the team on the West Coast after his rehab. But as prone as the Nationals’ offense continues to be to self-implosions like last night, when they got three hits off Diamondbacks rookie Josh Collmenter, they might try to get Zimmerman back as quickly as possible. If his swing comes back quickly - and it usually does - it’s possible he could join the team in California this week.

Time to go help with the move. Talk to you later today.