Washington Nationals’ Josh Rogers fighting for rotation spot in D.C.


Josh Rogers’ 2022 debut, again on March 18th, noticed the 27-year-old southpaw throw a fast, 1-2-3 prime of the primary inning towards Miami, earlier than he returned to the hill within the second and gave up a leadoff homer to left-center by Lorenzo Quintana and a double to proper by Lewin Diaz which didn’t quantity to something for the Marlins.

“Felt fairly good for first day out,” Rogers informed reporters after the outing.

The left-hander signed with Washington in early June 2021, three days after he was launched by the Baltimore Orioles, following 4 video games (and two begins) again following a 12 months off the mound in aggressive motion throughout 2020’s 60-game COVID marketing campaign, which he’d spent in rehab mode recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure.

In six begins and 35 2⁄3 innings pitched with the Nationals final season, Rogers put up a 3.28 ERA, a 5.83 FIP, 14 walks (3.53 BB/9), and 22 Ks (5.55 Okay/9), over which he held hitters to a .241/.320/.436 line.

“Was excited to get the ball for the primary recreation and get issues rolling,” he stated after his ‘22 debut.

“Put in a variety of work this offseason to essentially are available in ready and able to roll, and felt actually good with all my pitches within the strike zone, and attempting to get forward, clearly must do some bit higher job than that.

“However all in all,” he added, “I felt prefer it was fairly good.

“I gave up the solo homer within the second, however most likely a nasty sequence there, however it occurs, however I felt nice all in all, I believe it was fairly good.”

His supervisor, Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez, stated the lefty got here to camp raring to go and he needed to attempt to bridle the enthusiastic pitcher.

“I imply, this man’s been throwing,” Martinez defined earlier than the Grapefruit League opener.

“He stated, ‘I can throw seven innings immediately.’ So, he’s going to pitch two innings. So, however he’s been throwing fairly a bit, he’s already had like seven stay BPs coming in right here, so he’s able to go.”

Rogers was additionally able to go when known as upon to start out instead of Erick Fedde on this previous Thursday evening’s recreation towards the New York Mets, with the right-hander scratched from his deliberate outing with tightness in the suitable facet and despatched for an MRI.

In his second begin in Grapefruit League motion, Rogers tossed two scoreless to start out, giving up only a hit and a stroll whereas putting out two, then Tomás Nido stepped in and hit the thirty fifth pitch of the sport from the Nationals’ starter, a 3-2 fastball, out to heart for what one other solo shot, that was dominated a double, although it bounced off the highest of the wall out in left-center area, hitting a billboard simply above the outfield fence. Rogers stranded the one runner to succeed in base and accomplished a 3rd clear body at 50 pitches.

Eduardo Escobar left little question about his dwelling run on an 89 MPH 2-1 fastball down (however not down sufficient) and in from Rogers within the first at-bat of the fourth, 1-0 NY.

A one-out single, on his 58th pitch, ended the left-hander’s outing within the backside of the fourth inning.

Rogers talked after the outing about whether or not the lengthy span between his first begin of the spring and final evening’s look affected the outcomes, however he stated he’d been getting his work in, however getting again on the mound in a aggressive environment was good.

“I’ve been throwing on the back-field video games,” Rogers defined, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman after final evening’s recreation.

“I’ve been going through our lineup and doing that, in order that’s been good. However it’s all the time completely different getting beneath the lights, going through one other staff, one other opponent.

“I felt actually good about it. Positively stuff to scrub up, however all in all I believe it was fairly first rate.”

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