06/11/10 12:40 AM ET
TBS to broadcast Strasburg's next start
By Greg Rosenstein / MLB.com
The Nationals' game against the White Sox on June 19 will be broadcast nationally on FOX, the team announced Thursday.
The game will not be televised on MASN, as FOX has exclusive rights to the matchup.
MLB Network will broadcast the June 18 game, though it can also be viewed on MASN.
Detwiler impresses in first rehab start
WASHINGTON -- Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who has been on the disabled list all season after tearing cartilage in his right hip, pitched Wednesday for the first time this season for Class A Advanced Potomac. He tossed three shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was happy with Detwiler's rehab start.
"Pretty good velocity and no problems with his hip -- he had a few plays where he had to cover first," Riggleman said. "That's a good one to build on."
There is no timetable as to when Detwiler will return to the big leageues, but Riggleman indicated that it could be within a month, provided that there is someone struggling in the rotation.
"There is no guarantees for anybody," Riggleman said. "If somebody down below is doing something [positive], they are going to be here, because the guys that are here are pitching well enough to hold on to their jobs."
Riggleman gives Morgan day off
WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan sat out Thursday's game against the Pirates to get extra rest, according to Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.
Michael Morse was added to the lineup and will play right field, while Roger Bernadina will take over in center.
With Pirates left-hander Zach Duke on the mound, it's possible the move was made based on how Morgan has fared against southpaw pitchers.
Morgan has batted .206 with only 13 hits against left-handed pitchers in 32 games this season.
But Riggleman denied that he was sitting out because of his inability to hit lefties.
"As we get on a pace, and you see [how many games] guys are going to end up with, I don't want to look back on the year and feel like I wore them out," Riggleman said about Morgan. "I don't want him getting 640 at-bats or something. If he gets 550 or so, that means that we sent him out there, and he was strong every time and we were not wearing him out.
"He's a high energy guy, and we are just going to have to find some days to sit him down and see if he can help us late in the game."
Morgan said he is fine with Riggleman's decision and will play when he is needed.
"It's his call," Morgan said. "I'm just doing my part and will stay ready for whatever."
Prospect Burgess makes All-Star team
WASHINGTON -- Potomac outfielder Mike Burgess, the 49th overall pick of in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has been selected as a 2010 Carolina League All-Star. This is Burgess' second consecutive appearance in the prestigious game.
Burgess is second in the Carolina League with 44 RBIs and hit 30 in the May alone. He is batting .273 with 62 hits in 58 games this season.
Greg Rosenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.