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05/28/11 5:20 PM ET

Amid rumors, Pudge wants to remain in DC

WASHINGTON -- After Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Padres, Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez said he was not aware of the trade rumors that have been swirling around him in recent days.

Published reports indicated the Giants have interest in his services after they lost catcher Buster Posey, who is on the disabled list for a lengthy period because of a broken leg and sprained ankle.

However, Rodriguez said he made it clear to general manager Mike Rizzo that he wants to stay with the Nationals.

"Nobody told me anything," Rodriguez said. "But I can tell you one thing: I feel good where I am. I think this is a great team to be on -- nice group of guys. I told Rizzo that. I'm not thinking about it.

"I play for the Washington Nationals right now. I'm focusing on winning ballgames and be a good teammate. Those rumors, I've heard it a lot in my 21 years. I'll concentrate on playing my game. This is a great group of guys, great team, great organization. The fans are great and I'm happy where I am."

Rodriguez is splitting time with Wilson Ramos behind the plate. However, Ramos is expected to be the everyday catcher after the All-Star break.

In 23 games, Rodrigurez is hitting .211 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

Balester back to Triple-A; Maya to start Sunday

WASHINGTON -- With Nationals left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left elbow, the club recalled reliever Collin Balester on Saturday.

Washington wanted an extra reliever in case Saturday's game, a 2-1 loss to the Padres, went into extra innings.

"We don't need a starter until [Sunday]," manager Jim Riggleman said. "Rather than playing with 24 guys, we are just going to have a full roster. If we went through some ridiculous amount of innings, we would be covered."

Balester didn't pitch in Saturday's loss and was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after the game.

Balester is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 13 relief appearances with Syracuse. He also had 18 strikeouts in 17 innings. He's pitched 3 1/3 innings in three games for Washington this year.

The Nats are expected to announce Sunday morning that right-hander Yunesky Maya will be recalled from Syracuse to start against the Padres. He'll be pitching on five days' rest. He was 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA in nine starts for the Chiefs.

As for Gorzelanny, he started feeling pain in his elbow after his start against the Brewers on Monday. He tried playing catch the next day and the elbow didn't feel right. It felt like he hyperextended the elbow.

Gorzelanny had an MRI on Friday and it revealed inflammation in the elbow. He could miss two to three starts. Gorzelanny said he didn't want to hurt the team by playing with the injury.

"It got better, but not fully," Gorzelanny said. "It's [about not] making it worse. I want to get back strong. Every time I get to the extension point, it was a little sore. I played catch [Friday] to test it out and it didn't hinder my throwing at all. I was throwing normal. I just felt it a little bit.

"It's just one of those precautionary things. I don't want to try to pitch through pain and fighting myself all year. Shut it down now and get back here soon."

Gorzelanny said he learned his lesson from 2008. He played hurt and had the worst year of his career. In 21 starts with the Pirates, Gorzelanny was 6-9 with a 6.66 ERA. He stopped pitching after Sept. 10 that season because of a ligament sprain in his left middle finger.

"I tried to pitch through pain," he said. "Bad things happened, so I told myself, 'I won't do it again.' I'm going to take it easy here."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.