Tanner Roark started the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the LA Dodgers, so the right-hander’s next turn in the rotation would be in the finale of the three-game set with the San Diego Padres this afternoon in Nationals Park, but it would be on just three days’ of rest, which didn’t seem likely.
In spite of the speculation that Erick Fedde would get the nod, Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez wasn’t ready to announce who’d start when he was asked after the second straight win over the Padres last night.
“To be announced tomorrow, don’t know yet, really don’t know,” Martinez said.
Was he willing to discuss the possibilities?
“I’m going to talk to [GM Mike Rizzo], but we haven’t made a decision, we really haven’t.”
The decision, as announced this morning, was to go with Fedde, the 25-year-old, 2014 1st Round pick, who made his MLB debut last season. He’s lined up to pitch today anyway, in what will be his ninth start of the year.
Through eight outings at Triple-A Syracuse, the hard-throwing righty was (1-1) with a 4.35 ERA, a 3.23 FIP, 13 walks (2.83 BB/9), 42 Ks (9.15 K/9), and a .280 BAA in 41 1⁄3 innings.
Fedde struggled in three starts in the majors last season, going (0-1) with 25 hits (5 HRs), eight walks (4.70 BB/9), and 16 runs allowed in 15 1⁄3 innings (9.39 ERA, 7.20 FIP), in which opposing hitters had a combined .373/.459/.646 line.
Fedde’s 2017 campaign ended after his velocity dropped noticeably in his final outing. He was later diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right forearm.
This Spring, however, the velocity was back and he impressed in Grapefruit League action before he was optioned to Triple-A.
In order to make room on the roster for Fedde’s addition, the Nationals designated Carlos Torres for assignment.