In Saturday night's 11-3 pounding at the hand of the Philadelphia Phillies, John Lannan gave up seven runs in just three innings of work, but only one of those runs were earned. To add insult to injury, Lannan may have hurt his knee on the highlight play of the night, an acrobatic shovel flip to catcher Wilson Ramos that retired Ryan Howard at the plate. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
Nationals starter John Lannan planned to get his left knee checked out by a trainer today after he "tweaked" the knee Saturday night while making a circus play at the plate, he said this morning.
Video of the play can be found here, at the Major League Baseball website. It appears Lannan, who as far as I know doesn't have a medical degree, isn't overly worried right now about the injury:
Lannan did not seem concerned about the knee, but he said it felt "tight" this morning. Lannan said he had history with mild tendinitis in his knees from running and lifting weights, but he had made a change to his workout routine this year that eliminated that issue.
On the year, Lannan is 8-8 with a 3.55 ERA. He has struck out 84 batters against 59 walks, and has a 1.41 WHIP. With Sunday's rain delay pushing the Washington rotation each back a game, Lannan is next scheduled to pitch Saturday, August 20, at Nationals Park against the Phillies.