The Nationals appear to be calling left-hander Matt Chico up to start on Saturday against the Marlins; he's listed in the Marlins' game notes as Washington's probable starter for Saturday. Manager Jim Riggleman would not say who is starting on Saturday, but said the Nationals would let the Marlins know out of "common courtesy" who was pitching Saturday.
Chico, who started 32 games for the Nationals in 2007 and was the team's No. 2 starter at the beginning of 2008, started 0-6 in 2008 and needed Tommy John surgery after one outing at Triple-A Columbus. He missed the rest of 2008 and the first half of 2009, but had some life back in his arm this spring and had a 3.12 ERA in his first five starts at Double-A Harrisburg.
It's likely just one start, but it's still a big moment for the 26-year-old, who will be making his first big-league appearance since May 21, 2008.