Asked if Chico's bad outing, in which he walked six batters in five innings against the Diamondbacks, played a role in that decision, Bowden said, "It reminds us that Shawn Hill is an important part of our future and he should be on the mound on Tuesday for us and not in Triple-A. I think I made the wrong decision yesterday. I thought about it, changed my mind. Hopefully, this is the right decision."
Tuesday will be Hill's first game since May 11. He missed a little more than three months because of a sore right elbow and left shoulder. Before going on the disabled list, Hill was on his way to being the Nationals' best pitcher, going 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA. Though he hurt his non-throwing shoulder running the bases, he didn't go on the DL until May when the elbow started to hurt.
With Hill pitching on Tuesday, it means that Washington has to make a roster move, which will be announced after Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. It appears that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will not be the odd man out, after all, because the team announced that he is tentatively slated to pitch against the Phillies on Thursday night.
Two days ago, Hanrahan said that he was prepared to be sent down even though he has pitched very well since his callup.
"I talked to some people about it. I'm going to try to make it tough on them. I'm aware of the circumstances," Hanrahan said recently. "If I'm the guy that has to go, I'm going to be the guy. I'm prepared for it if it's going to happen. But, of course, I would like to stay here and finish out the last two months of the season. If I'm the guy, I will understand."
Chico has stunned the organization in recent weeks with his lack of command. In his last six games, Chico has walked 21 batters in 31 2/3 innings.
After his outing against Arizona, Chico was at the team's computer to see what is going wrong. He noticed that he was too slow during the stretch and needs to speed things up.
Injury report: Dmitri Young will not start against the Diamondbacks this weekend because of left hamstring tightness. He is available to pinch-hit. The Nationals are hoping that Young will start against the Phillies on Tuesday night.
Reliever Jesus Colome (soft tissue infection in his right buttocks), is scheduled to have his first rehab appearance on Sunday. He'll start against the Gulf Coast Marlins.
Stat of the day: The Nationals are 7-7 when they are tied after seven innings.
Did you know? Felipe Lopez has reached base via hit or walk in 10 of 11 games.
Coming up: The Nationals play the finale of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET. Washington left-hander Mike Bacsik (5-6, 4.47 ERA) will face Arizona right-hander Micah Owings (5-6, 4.96).