With Gio Gonzalez on the DL nursing his left shoulder, right-hander Blake Treinen will be called up to start for the Nationals in his place on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Today the Nationals and Reds begin their three-game series in Washington with two top 10 picks from the 2009 MLB Draft on the mound.
The Nationals are treading water with injuries as they reach a juncture similar to where they were last season. Which way will they go this time around?
The Nationals' relief corps sports an MLB-best 2.09 ERA and four pitchers with ERAs under 2.00.