The Nats actually had options for an Opening Day starter, but even in their deep rotation, Stephen Strasburg unquestionably is the man.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson says it could be a month before Chien-Ming Wang is ready to return from a hamstring injury. In the meantime, John Lannan is assuming the final rotation spot.
If John Lannan wants to make as strong a case as possible to open the season as the Nationals' No. 5 starter in place ofan injured Chien-Ming Wang today would represent a golden opportunity.
The 23-year-old hurler will be on the mound April 5 at Chicago's Wrigley Field for Opening Day.
Stephen Strasburg tossed five strong innings Tuesday night against the Mets, a start that puts the young ace on track to pitch the Nationals' season opener in Chicago.