by Craig Heist

JUPITER, Fla. (CBSDC) — Taylor Jordan made his case to Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams in the battle for the fifth starter spot in the rotation by allowing just one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Nats beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jordan, who is in a battle with Tanner Roark, finished the spring with a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 3.92 with a rather impressive 20:2 strikeout to walk ratio in 20 2/3 innings.

No matter how it turns out, Jordan will not stress over whatever decision is coming his way.

“I’m just going to play it by ear,” Jordan said. “I’m happy to go to Triple-A. It’s still a bump up for me, I’ve never been to Triple-A. Like I said last year, it just a blessing to be up in the big leagues. I don’t expect anything.”

Jordan started nine games for the Nationals last year after getting called up from Double-A Harrisburg. He went 1-3 with the Nats pitching to an ERA of 3.66 in 51 2/3 innings.

Now that he’s had a taste of the majors, he would prefer to stay.

“The experience is something I love,” he said. “I love playing in the big leagues because I get the experience. Every game it’s like I am learning and picking up on things where as in the minor leagues I’m not learning as much.”

Jordan, who is coming back from a broken ankle he suffered in the off season, is happy that he is healthy again and with the way his spring has gone overall.

He has also recovered nicely from his worst outing of the spring where he gave up four runs and seven hits over four innings against Detroit on March 14 in Lakeland.

“I was just trying to get back to what I originally got to the big leagues for,” Jordan said. “That’s ground ball outs. I am a sinker ball pitcher and I kind of got away from that during the Detroit game. It was a weird game for me. Mentally, it was a weird game for me, too.”

Skipper Matt Williams has been pleased and now has a very difficult decision to make.

“Of course he has made a case,” said manager Matt Williams. “He has pitched well the whole spring for us. It’s going to be a very difficult decision. They’re both pitching really well and that’s a good thing.

“We don’t have a deadline. We are going to get back and talk about it today and I imagine we talk about it tomorrow and get a consensus of everybody and look at it. No deadline as of right now but we will certainly look at it the next couple of days.”

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