Lannan was told of the team's decision on Friday and took the news well. He said that he has come a long way. In his first two years in professional baseball, Lannan wasn't on the team's radar screen because he was inconsistent on the mound.
"This year has been so great. I've thrown as much as I could throw," said Lannan, who won a combined 13 games this season. [Pitching coordinator)] Spin Williams and the pitching coaches that I was surrounded by were helpful. It was really a great experience."
During the offseason, Lannan is looking to get a head start into next season by playing winter ball. He pointed out that it is tough to workout in Long Island, N.Y., because of the cold weather.
"I'm going to work [hard] -- even more so than last year. I'm going to try to come into the best shape possible," Lannan said. "If I could play winter ball, I would do it in a heartbeat. I love pitching -- just to get away from the cold weather. When I'm in the cold weather, you don't get a chance to throw outside. I don't throw on a real mound until I go to Florida. I'm inside a gym on a plastic mound."
As for Bergmann, he has been on the disabled list for almost a month because of tightness in his left hamstring. In his last rehab start on Thursday for Columbus, Bergman pitched seven shutout innings and gave up six hits against Louisville. He struck out nine batters in the game.
Outfielder Alex Escobar is more than likely out for the year. He is having an MRI exam on his left ankle, which has bothered him since before the All-Star break.
"He is still in pain. He has been through a lot," Bowden said.
On the mound:
After watching closer Chad Cordero give up seven earned runs in two innings, St. Claire said that Cordero has to fix some mechanical issues on the mound. Cordero is throwing three-quarters sidearm instead of coming over the top.
"When he goes down and away, the ball goes middle in, and you can't command the fastball," St. Claire said. "If you can't command your fastball, you are in big trouble."
Stats of the day:
The Nationals are 37-7 when they score five or more runs in a game.
Did you know?
Entering Saturday's action, Austin Kearns leads the Nationals in walks with 54.
The Nationals play the third game of a three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. ET. Washington right-hander Joel Hanrahan will face Colorado right-hander Elmer Dessens.