05/27/10 10:18 PM ET
Olsen's throwing session postponed
Nats cautious with injured lefty due to rainy conditions
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
Patience pays for Willingham
SAN FRANCISCO -- Entering Thursday's action, Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham led the National League with a .434 on-base percentage. It helps that he leads the league in walks with 34. Willingham said he doesn't have a new approach at the plate. It's just a matter of swinging at the right pitch."If I don't get my pitch early on the count, I just don't swing," said Willingham, who is hitting .277 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. "If I get a good pitch to hit, I'm going to swing first pitch."
Stammen has quality start
SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Craig Stammen was solid during the Nationals' 5-4 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park on Thursday afternoon.Stammen lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. It was his first quality start since May 7 against the Marlins. Stammen needed to have a good outing because he could be the odd man out of the rotation once right-hander Stephen Strasburg is called up next month. Before Thursday's game, Stammen was 1-2 with a 5.96 ERA. Manager Jim Riggleman did not indicate if Stammen is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. "We have a lot of confidence in him," Riggleman said before Thursday's game. "When we send him out there, we think he has a chance to shut hitters down. We are waiting for it to all come together."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.