SAN DIEGO - Nationals pitcher Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to make a rehab start Monday night, meaning he could be back in line to jump into the rotation by the end of next week. The Nationals are off Monday, and if they pitched everyone on regular rest, they could have Gorzelanny back by next Saturday, instead of having Yunesky Maya make another start. But manager Jim Riggleman said Maya - who had the best start of his career Wednesday when he allowed a run in six innings against the Giants - will get another start.
“The way we line up, my plans are for (Yunesky) to start,” Riggleman said. “We do have an off-day where we could move everybody back and go with four for a little bit. But we usually like to take advantage of that off-day and let everybody have an extra day’s rest. So that’d probably be the way it’ll go, that Yunesky will start at least one more time.”
Gorzelanny, who went on the disabled list May 27 with left elbow inflammation, has been playing catch and throwing bullpen sessions back in Washington. It seems likely he’ll get his spot in the rotation back if everything goes well in a rehab start or two.
“I just hear he feels better,” Riggleman said. “I don’t know exactly what that means. I think pitching in a ballgame will be a real test, to get multiple innings. The bullpen stuff is one thing, but when the adrenaline’s flowing, hitters are up there and the umpire’s back there, you get a little more of a test for how it’s feeling.”