We're closing in on the end of the 2nd month of the 2010 season and still no word about whether Jesus Flores will ever play this year. Or ever play again at all. Pudge Rodriguez has taken over the catcher position admirably, even despite his recent hitting slump, so the Nats haven't suffered too much from the absence of Flores. Could Flores be this year's John Patterson or Shawn Hill, someone who has injury after injury but shows just enough promise for the team to keep bringing him back until it finally becomes clear that the player will never really come off of the DL?
If Marquis really was bothered by the "loose bodies" in his elbow and he is able to rehab the injury according to the schedule, then there is actually some hope that he could be a decent member of the 2010 starting rotation. Admittedly he has had a very rough start to his time in Washington but maybe he could pick up some of the luck or perseverance of someone like Jeff Francis, the Colorado pitcher who beat the Nats this week in his first start in a year and a half.
He only missed one start but he hasn't been the same pitcher that he was last year. We couldn't really call him a dominant pitcher last year but he was fairly good. Too many walks last year but a good ERA. This year he has an ERA over 6.00 and he's walked more batters than he has struck out. Never a good sign. He has been inconsistent at best. Unreliable might be a better adjective. Will he end up on the DL at some point if he can't get it together? Maybe.
Both pitchers started the year on the DL, with the expectation that they wouldn't be available until the second half of the season. It sounds like Zimmermann may be progressing faster in his rehabilitation than Wang. With Lannan struggling, Marquis out and Stammen being inconsistent, the team could use Wang or Zimmermann (or both) to help out with the rotation as soon as possible. It won't be in the immediate future though.
Are there any important updates on these players?