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Lannan's next start still to be determined

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson is not sure when left-hander John Lannan will get a start. The skipper thought Lannan would get a start during the series against the Braves next week, but Johnson didn't take into account that the team has a day off Thursday and Sept. 17. It was assumed that Lannan would replace Stephen Strasburg in the rotation for the rest of the regular season.

"It's still in the works," Johnson said.

Barring an injury, the Nationals don't need Lannan in the postseason rotation. In a short series, they need only four starters.

At Triple-A Syracuse this season, Lannan went 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA. The 27-year-old left-hander also blossomed in his final two starts with the Chiefs, throwing two straight shutouts to end his season in the Minors. He was named the International League Pitcher of the Week last week.

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson is not sure when left-hander John Lannan will get a start. The skipper thought Lannan would get a start during the series against the Braves next week, but Johnson didn't take into account that the team has a day off Thursday and Sept. 17. It was assumed that Lannan would replace Stephen Strasburg in the rotation for the rest of the regular season.

"It's still in the works," Johnson said.

Barring an injury, the Nationals don't need Lannan in the postseason rotation. In a short series, they need only four starters.

At Triple-A Syracuse this season, Lannan went 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA. The 27-year-old left-hander also blossomed in his final two starts with the Chiefs, throwing two straight shutouts to end his season in the Minors. He was named the International League Pitcher of the Week last week.

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