MIAMI - Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny threw a four-inning simulated game yesterday, manager Jim Riggleman said, and will make his first start of the year on Saturday in New York against the Mets.
Riggleman said Gorzelanny threw between 60 and 65 pitches yesterday, going through the workout on the Nationals' off-day in Florida.
Because the Nationals had two off-days in the first five days of the season, they won't need a fifth starter until Saturday. Gorzelanny has been available out of the bullpen, but his simulated game yesterday fell on what would have been his normal day to pitch. Once he starts, he'll essentially become the Nationals' fourth starter, with Jason Marquis in the No. 5 spot.