Stephen Strasburg will travel with the Nationals to Pittsburgh and on Friday take the next step in his rehab.
Nationals reliever David Carpenter had a setback in his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.
With a win over the Mets today, the Nationals would head out of town with a three-game lead in the NL East. With a loss, that lead would be down to one. So, kind of a big game, no?
Rookie Joe Ross did his job on Tuesday night, but mistakes made around him led to a 7-2 loss for the Nationals against the rival Mets.