Gio Gonzalez completed his second minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night, and this time came away with much better results.
A 7-1 loss to the Giants on Thursday kept Washington from completing a sweep, but the Nationals still end up taking three of four in the series from San Francisco.
The Marlins are citing the Nats' decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg in 2012 as a reason to adjust a top prospect's pitching schedule.
After three impressive wins against the Giants, the Nationals enter Thursday looking for the rare four-game sweep against long-time nemesis Tim Hudson.
The Giants were supposed to be a big test for the Nats, but so far through three games it's been Washington who has looked like the better team.