Olsen moved to 'pen; Maya to make debut

Olsen moved to 'pen; Maya to make debut

PITTSBURGH -- As expected, lefty Scott Olsen has lost his spot in Washington's rotation. His next turn to pitch was Tuesday against the Mets, but he will be moved to the bullpen. A baseball source confirmed that Cuban righty Yunesky Maya will make the start.

"Right now what we're going to do is put Olsen in the bullpen for the immediate future," Nats manager Jim Riggleman announced. "That would be his start on Tuesday. I have a pretty good idea who it's going to be, but we're not ready to announce that yet. Olsen will get some more starts as we go down the stretch, but Tuesday it's going to be somebody other than him."

Maya, who went 5 2/3 strong innings in his final Triple-A start, will be making his big league debut. He is ready to pitch in the Majors, and general manager Mike Rizzo wants Maya inserted into the Nationals' rotation.

Since he returned from the disabled list on July 29, Olsen is 1-6 with an 8.72 ERA, having allowed 45 hits in 32 innings.

"I think we want to see some other people start," Riggleman explained. "We do have a month left in the season to see if he can acclimate himself to the bullpen, but we do have some other guys who are going to be joining us in next few days who could make that start."