Olsen's throwing session postponed

Olsen's throwing session postponed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen did not play catch as expected on Thursday because of the rainy conditions at AT&T Park and Olsen's left shoulder wasn't deemed strong enough.

There isn't any timetable as to when Olsen will do any kind of throwing, but he will rest his shoulder a few more days, according to manager Jim Riggleman.

When he went on the disabled list on Saturday because of shoulder tightness, Olsen was told not to throw for five days. Five days have already passed and he's yet to make an attempt. The team has not ruled out Olsen missing more than two starts, with right-hander J.D. Martin a likely candidate to take his turn in the rotation.

On Friday against the Orioles, Olsen pitched three innings, allowing four runs on six hits, one of them a two-run homer to Adam Jones in the second inning. An inning later, he allowed a two-run single to Craig Tatum.

Olsen was scheduled to hit in the bottom of the third inning, but Livan Hernandez came in as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Olsen is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in eight starts for the Nationals.