An exclusive excerpt from John Feinstein’s book, “Where Nobody Knows Your Name,” which chronicles the lives of those trying to reach Major League Baseball.
Nationals fans are still white knuckling after seeing their team get swept in Atlanta, and that anxiety only grew last night when the Braves closed the gap to 5 games. But have no fear. Very soon you’ll be able to celebrate something you’ve waited for 8 full seasons…a playoff berth.
Rizzo says teams have shown interest. He also says he he understands Lannan’s frustration over being optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, calling him “an ultra-competitive person.”
John Lannan was the Nationals’ Opening Day starter in 2009 and 2010. Washington went 59-103 and 69-93 during those seasons, the second of which Lannan spent part of in the minors, where he’ll spend Opening Day to start 2012, as well.
John Lannan asked the Washington Nationals for a trade after they demoted him to Triple-A Syracuse, and he declared in an email sent to reporters Wednesday: “I believe that I belong in a big-league rotation.”
The Washington Nationals have optioned left-hander John Lannan to Triple-A Syracuse and are shifting lefty Ross Detwiler from the bullpen to the starting rotation.
John Lannan allowed two runs and two hits over five innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 7-4 Monday.
The Washington Nationals have defeated pitcher John Lannan in baseball’s first salary arbitration decision this year.
Bryan Petersen’s solo home run in the bottom of the 9th does in the Nationals.
Lannan lasted six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three walks with one strikeout. He threw 96 pitches, 64 for strikes.