The Nationals plan to activate Chien-Ming Wang from the disabled list Friday and put him in the rotation for his first major league start in more than two years. How they'll adjust their rotation to make room for him is still somewhat uncertain.
He'll take Tom Gorzelanny's spot in the rotation, and it's possible the left-hander - who sprained his ankle two outings ago and lasted only three innings in his most recent appearance - could head to the bullpen. Manager Davey Johnson likes the idea of having a long reliever available for an emergency start, and with Wang pitching for the first time since major shoulder surgery in July 2009, it'd make sense to have an insurance policy of sorts for him that night.
If that happens, it's likely the Nationals would send Ross Detwiler back to Triple-A Syracuse, where he could rejoin the rotation. But there could be other scenarios that keep both Detwiler and Gorzelanny around once Wang arrives.
The Nationals could trade right-hander Jason Marquis this week to a team needing a veteran starter before the trade deadline, and it's a possibility that Livan Hernandez would draw some interest, too. Marquis is scheduled to pitch Saturday, which likely means Gorzelanny would head to the bullpen if there's no other spot opening in the rotation.
But this time of year, there's always a chance of something changing.