J.D. Martin to Start Saturday in San Diego

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | , , , | 0 comments »

According to baseball sources, J.D. Martin will be called up and will start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

Martin is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Syracuse.  He has struck out 21 and walked six in 36.1 innings pitched.

In 2009, Martin, 27, went 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts for the Nationals.

Martin is on the Nats' 40-man roster, so he will only need to be added to the active 25-man squad.  It's anticipated that a position player will be sent out to make room for Martin, possibly outfielder Justin Maxwell, just recalled from Triple-A.

The start is necessary because Scott Olsen was placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder soreness.