Nationals manager Davey Johnson is keeping John Lannan in the starting rotation.
“John’s my guy,” Johnson said on Monday in a comment reported via Twitter by Washington Post beat writer Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP).
Lannan, 27, posted a career-best 3.70 ERA in 33 starts last season, going 10-13 for the Nationals. The 10 wins were the most of his major league career. This spring, Lannan is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings of work for the Nationals.
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The decision by Johnson, in his first full season with Washington after signing on as manager last June, sends Ross Detwiler to the Nationals’ bullpen. Detwiler, 26, is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in nine innings of work this spring. He pitched in 15 games for the Nationals last season, starting 10 and posting a 4-5 record with a 3.00 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
Lannan joins Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson and Chien-Ming Wang in the Washington starting rotation. The Nationals host the Astros on Monday afternoon in a Grapefruit League game at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.