Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Scott Olsen will miss his next start due to inflammation in his left shoulder. He was forced to leave Friday’s start against the Orioles after just three innings.
According to the Associated Press, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said an MRI on the shoulder showed only inflammation, but no structural damage. Olsen underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last July, so there’s plenty of reason for concern here.
Riggleman said the Nationals can get by without a fifth starter until May 29, according to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, so the left-hander will avoid the disabled list for now.
Olsen, 26, is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over his first eight starts this season, posting a 32/14 K/BB ratio over 43 innings.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.