Left-hander Scott Olsen, who came out of Friday's game after three innings with tightness in his left shoulder, will miss his next start to rest his arm after an MRI showed some inflammation in his shoulder, manager Jim Riggleman said.
He won't throw for four or five days, Riggleman said, and the Nationals could either skip him a turn in the rotation or bump him back a few days. Olsen's MRI showed no structural damage, and the inflammation isn't directly related to the labrum surgery Olsen had last season. But the Nationals are prepared to take it easy with him for a few days to make sure he's OK.
"(We'll use) treatment, stim(ulation), ice, heat, ultrasound," Olsen said. "Anything and everything. Every machine we've got back there."
Olsen has been pitching with some pain for his last several starts. At times, he said, there's a dull pain, but nothing close to the shooting pain he was having last year. He said he plans to keep throwing until the Nationals tell him he can't. He's confident that won't happen.
"We're not trying to get shut down for a long period of time here," he said. "This is going to be a quick fix."
What the Nationals do in the meantime is still somewhat unsettled. Monday's off-day allows them to get by with four starters until May 29 in San Diego, so Riggleman said the Nationals will give Olsen several days before determining if he'd need to go on the disabled list. They could use Miguel Batista on the 29th if Olsen isn't ready to go by then; otherwise, they'd have to call up a starter.
Yes, Stephen Strasburg would be on schedule to throw that day, and yes, the game is in his hometown. But it's still hard to see the Nationals moving his big-league debut away from Washington. Stay tuned.