Nats' Olsen due second opinion on back tightness

Jul 18, 2009 - 10:01 PM WASHINGTON(AP) -- Left-hander Scott Olsen, who has been scratched from his next scheduled start for the Nationals because of a tightness in a back muscle, will get a second opinion on the problem from Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Mike Rizzo, the Nationals' acting general manager, made the announcement before Washington hosted the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Rizzo wouldn't speculate on the severity of Olsen's injury.

Acquired in an offseason trade with Florida, Olsen is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA in 11 starts this season and was on the disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis for almost six weeks.

He was scratched from a scheduled start Friday because of a tight lat muscle.

Rizzo said the Nationals would recall a starting pitcher from Triple-A Syracuse to make the Monday start.






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