Davey sticking with Nats' rotation order on road trip

Davey sticking with Nats' rotation order on road trip

NEW YORK -- Even with an important series against the second-place Braves on the horizon, Nationals manager Davey Johnson is sticking to the pitching rotation he has in place.

John Lannan will step in for Stephen Strasburg the rest of the way, but Johnson said he has every intention of keeping his starters in line as it currently stands.

"I like all my starters, I haven't really tweaked," Johnson said. "You set it up from the get-go on how you want to go. I've been pretty consistent about not dropping anybody from the rotation, missing a turn. We're going to continue with that path."

Lannan will take the ball Wednesday in a game that was scheduled to be Strasburg's final outing of the season. But the Nationals announced Saturday that the ace's Friday start was his last of the year.

Johnson said he's had conversations with pitching coach Steve McCatty, and they like the way things line up the rest of the way. The last serious re-shuffling came out of the All-Star break, and even a three-game weekend set in Atlanta following an off-day won't get Johnson to mix things up.

"I met today with McCatty," Johnson said. "We've been talking for two or three days. I like the way our rotation sets up for this series and the next series."