Ohlendorf feels good after throwing; rehab start on tap

Ohlendorf feels good after throwing; rehab start on tap

WASHINGTON -- Long reliever Ross Ohlendorf threw a full bullpen session before Wednesday's game and said that he felt good. Manager Davey Johnson expects Ohlendorf to make a Minor League rehab start on Saturday.

Ohlendorf, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with right shoulder inflammation, said that he hopes to come off the DL when he is eligible. Johnson said that the team will wait until after his rehab appearance to make that decision.

"We'll see how he does, see how he's feeling," Johnson said. "Maybe he just goes three innings and then he has to come back and do five. And maybe he feels good enough to throw seven and come back early. The more we get him stretched out to where he can at least do five, [the better]."

In the meantime, the Nationals will use right-hander Tanner Roark, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, as their long reliever.

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.