Davey Johnson wasn't sure what the Washington Nationals would do when he talked to reporters after last night's loss to the New York Mets. Dan Haren went just four innings and Craig Stammen got knocked around in the fifth, so the Nats had to use four relievers total to get through the game. "We should be all right tomorrow," Johnson told reporters, "but I'll discuss it with [GM] Mike [Rizzo]. A couple guys may not be available, but we get a good game out of Gio [Gonzalez] and we should be fine." When the Nationals officially announced the move that sent Stephen Strasburg to the DL this afternoon, however, they also announced that they'd recalled left-hander Xavier Cedeno for the second time this season.
Strasburg was placed on the DL, retroactive to to June 1st, with what the press release on the move describes as a "right latissimus dorsi strain" that forced him from the mound after just two innings of work in his last start this past weekend in Atlanta. The move to place Strasburg on the DL was made yesterday when he was unable to throw a side session that was to test whether or not he could make his next scheduled start on Saturday against Minnesota. There's still no official word from the Nationals on which starter will take Strasburg's place against the Twins, but Johnson said Wednesday that the replacement would likely come from Triple-A and FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote on Twitter last night that his sources said it would be Ross Ohlendorf:
Ohlendorf to replace Strasburg on #Nationals’ roster. Nats need starter for Saturday.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 5, 2013
Cedeno was called up in late May when Ross Detwiler went on the DL with an oblique issue, but he never pitched for the Nationals and was returned to Triple-A Syracuse. In 14 games and 13.2 IP this season, the 26-year-old left-hander has a 2.63 ERA for the Chiefs. The Nationals who said they were comfortable at the start of the year with just one left-hander in the bullpen now have three lefties working in relief.