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Olsen To Start Thursday For Potomac In Winston Salem

July 20, 2010 - Carolina League (CarL) Potomac Nationals

The Washington Nationals announced today that Scott Olsen will continue his rehabilitation with a start for the Potomac Nationals Thursday in Winston Salem.

Olsen, 26, made his first rehab start in Hagerstown last Saturday. On the Disabled List since May 23, Olsen pitched four innings for the Suns and allowed just one run. The lefty struck out four and allowed just two hits and walked none.

On the road to recovery from shoulder inflammation, Olsen was 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA over eight starts for the Washington Nationals in 2010. Acquired from the Florida Marlins in an offseason deal before the 2009 season that also included Josh Willingham, Olsen's tenure with the Nats has been injury plagued.

Olsen missed most of his first season with the Nats with shoulder problems; he was first placed on the DL with tendinitis in mid May, and was put on the shelf for the balance of 2009 with a torn left labrum.

The Kalamazoo, Michigan native began the 2010 campaign in Triple A Syracuse but was promoted after one start. On May 6, he took a no hitter into the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves. Olsen was in the midst of a five-game stretch where he went 1-0 with a 1.11 ERA before shoulder tightness again forced him to the disabled list.

The P-Nats have two more games with the Salem Red Sox in their current homestand before hitting the road for a seven-game trip to Winston Salem and Wilmington. Good seats are still available, so call 703-590-2311 or visit www.potomacnationals.com to get yours now.

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