Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan underwent surgery in September to remove bone chips from his elbow, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Jordan is expected to be ready for spring training.
Jordan pitched well in nine starts for the Nationals as a 24-year-old rookie last season, but then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts this year before being shut down in June.
Bone chip removal is a relatively minor procedure, but Jordan was no lock to crack the Opening Day pitching staff anyway.
Doug Fister delivered four scoreless innings in his minor league rehab debut Sunday afternoon with High-A Potomac and Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged to reporters Tuesday night that the right-hander is on track to join Washington’s starting rotation after just one more rehab outing.
That sets up Fister’s debut in a Nationals uniform, according to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, for May 7 against the Dodgers.
Fister was bothered this spring by right elbow inflammation and then suffered a lat strain a week before Opening Day. The Nationals acquired him via trade this offseason from the Tigers after he posted an impressive 3.67 ERA and 157 strikeouts across 208 2/3 innings in 2013 for Detroit.
Taylor Jordan has already been optioned to Triple-A by the Nationals to open a rotation spot.
Taylor Jordan, who grabbed a spot in the Nationals’ season-opening rotation thanks in part to Doug Fister’s injury, has been demoted back to the minors after going 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts.
The move comes ahead of Fister’s expected return from the DL next week and in the meantime the Nationals decided they’d rather have an extra reliever in Ryan Mattheus.
Jordan posted incredible numbers in the minors last season, going 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA in 90 innings between Double-A and Triple-A as a 24-year-old, and then he tossed 52 innings with a 3.66 ERA in his Nationals debut. He’ll be back at some point and still projects as a solid part of the Nationals’ plans long term.