PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Looking for warning signs in Tom Gorzelanny's second start of the spring? There are a few. He's only thrown 25 strikes in 44 pitches so far tonight. But when the left-hander has only allowed one ball out of the infield, it's difficult to be too concerned with his performance.
Despite struggling to find the strike zone, particularly with his slider, Gorzelanny is turning in a solid performance in his second start of the spring. He's allowed one hit and one walk in the first three innings, striking out three and getting six ground ball outs.
Unless the left-hander gives the Nationals reason to look in another direction, I expect him to be the fifth starter; he's out of options, and he's not making $2.1 million for no reason. If that's the case, it's going to be very interesting to see what they do with Ross Detwiler. But Gorzelanny, so far tonight, isn't providing much cause for concern.
The Nationals scored their only run in the second inning, when Adam LaRoche knocked a ground-rule double over the center field wall and scored on a Rick Ankiel infield single.