The Nationals have decided that left-hander John Lannan will replace right-hander Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. Lannan, 25, will pitch Sunday against the Phillies.
It will be Lannan’s first big-league start since June 20th against the White Sox.
Lannan was demoted to the minors after that start against the White Sox and he subsequently posted a hardly impressive 4.20 ERA and 1-4 record against AA competition. In a bid for the understatement of the year, he’s no Stephen Strasburg.
Let’s hope he can return to his 2008-2009 form where posted an ERA of around 3.89 over those two years instead of the 5.76 ERA he has in the majors this season.