Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez shared the plans for his pitching staff when he spoke with reporters in advance of last night’s Grapefruit League game, which had the return of Stephen Strasburg on the mound in West Palm Beach, FL’s FITTEAM Ballpark.
This afternoon, it’s going to be Max Scherzer in his second start of the spring.
“We’ll have Scherzer tomorrow,” Martinez said yesterday. “And [Patrick] Corbin the day after. We have, I don’t know if you guys know, we have a B-game tomorrow, and we’ll have [Tyler] Eppler, [Cade] Cavalli, [Jackson] Rutledge, [Cole] Henry, and [Joan] Adon pitch in that game as of right now. We’re going to start plopping — other than [Jon] Lester is going to pitch in a few days — but we’re going to hold him back. He feels good today. He did some exercise yesterday. He did some leg workout today.
“He feels okay. He’s going to go out and play catch today. So we’ll see how he feels after he plays catch, but we’re going to probably hold him back a few more days.”
Lester, of course, just returned from surgery to remove his thyroid gland, and he’s starting to slowly build back up again.
“He’s going to probably throw a bullpen first,” Martinez explained, “... then go face some hitters, and then see where we’re at from there. We want to get him ready. Like I said, he feels good, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves right now.
“He’s doing everything he can to get back as soon as possible. We’re going to make sure that he’s fully recuperated and ready to go before we get him in an actual game.”
While they’re still hoping Lester is ready for the start of the season, the Nationals have some options if there are any setbacks or delays in his recovery.
“I’m talking to — like right now [Tuesday] we have [Daniel Hudson] pitching,” Martinez said, “[Will] Harris pitching, [Javy] Guerra. [Austin] Voth is going to back up today, Scherzer, so we’ll see who else will pitch that game. But you’ve still got — [Erick] Fedde is going to get stretched out a little bit. Voth will eventually, after today, will get stretched out a little bit.
“Joe [Ross], you’ve seen him yesterday, and he’s looked good. And he’ll continue to pitch every five days, and we’ll go from there.”
So, you got all that? Also, any way they can show that B-game somehow? Oh, right, that’s right. Anyway, today’s game is supposedly available at Nationals.com. Radio only.