Olsen can’t beat friend, former team in strong return from DL

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Scott Olsen pitched well against his former team and good friend Ricky Nolasco but the Marlins still beat the Nationals, 4-2, on Monday night. The left-hander, who had been on the 15-day disabled list since May 18th, gave up two runs on six hits while striking out seven over seven innings. It was his longest outing since April 18th. Olsen left with the game tied at 2-2, however relievers Julian Tavarez and Ron Villone each gave up a run in the eighth which proved to be enough for the Marlins’ victory. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 13th home run on the season off of Nolasco in the second inning. It was Olsen’s first start since being placed on the DL on May 18th with left shoulder tendinitis.

 “I’m not Jamie Moyer — I can’t really be hugely successful throwing 82 or 83 [mph],” Olsen said. “The exercises and new routines that the training staff and physical therapists got me on here — it’s a real credit to them. Every start I’ve made to this point has put me at 88 to 92 [mph].”

In other Nationals News:


Craig Stammen and Willie Harris secure regular roles with the team

– National’s sign second-round pick Jeff Kobernus

– Syracuse’s Garrett Mock is IL Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Zimmerman falls to third place in All-Star voting. Cast your vote HERE.

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