Johnson using coming off-day to reset Nats' rotation

Johnson using coming off-day to reset Nats' rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals are going to use Thursday's off-day to reset their rotation a bit.

Manager Davey Johnson tentatively set a plan in place Tuesday, and he hadn't come up with any changes to it as of Wednesday. In Johnson's new alignment, Ross Detwiler will open this weekend's series against the Mets on Friday, swapping places with Edwin Jackson, who will pitch Saturday.

Gio Gonzalez will take the mound Sunday against the Mets, then Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will open the Nats' series against the Braves, with Detwiler pitching the third game.

The only thing that could change is Zimmermann's spot. Johnson has been attempting to rest Zimmermann due to his nagging case of right shoulder inflammation. Washington doesn't have to officially announce its rotation yet, and Johnson wanted to wait until Zimmermann's between-starts throwing day to decide for sure.

"We'll see how he gets through that," Johnson said.