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09/24/11 4:14 PM ET

Unlikely to join bullpen, Peacock done for '11

WASHINGTON -- Rookie right-hander Brad Peacock's season is over after he shut out the Phillies for 5 2/3 innings on Friday. Nationals manager Davey Johnson has no intention to put him in the bullpen during the final five games.

Peacock was impressive in his short stint in the big leagues, allowing one run in 12 innings. He held opponents to a .167 batting average.

"He has done everything I've asked of him," Johnson said. "He impressed everybody, not only in our organization, but in baseball. As far as I'm concerned, his year is done. I don't see myself using him out of the bullpen like he did in his first outing. I'll be tempted to, but it's not in the cards."

Pudge gets first start for Nats since early July

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson had Ivan Rodriguez start behind the plate in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Braves. He went 1-for-2 with a walk in his first start since July 4 against the Cubs -- and threw out two runners trying to steal second base.

It didn't help that Rodriguez missed almost two months because of an oblique injury. When he was activated from the disabled list in early September, Rodriguez was the third-string catcher and was limited to pinch-hitting duties.

Johnson wanted Wilson Ramos to play every day and Jesus Flores to develop after missing two years because of a shoulder injury. At the same time, Johnson said Rodriguez has been a great mentor for the young catchers.

"He is just a true professional," Johnson said. "He wants to play every day. There is no question in my mind."

Rodriguez said he understands the situation and would like to play for a few more years.

"I know I can still play. I know I have a lot of baseball in me," Rodriguez said. "Sometimes, you have to understand that Wilson is having a great year. He is the catcher of the team and he needs to play. There is nothing you can do about that. I've been very professional. I've been very professional my whole career.

"As for myself, I'm feeling great. I'm feeling good. If I still have that, I going to keep playing."

Rodriguez entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Friday's 7-4 loss to the Braves and received a standing ovation from the crowd at Nationals Park.

"Very nice. Awesome. I had goose bumps last night," Rodriguez said. "I remember in Texas, the fans did it for me, Florida and Washington. That makes you feel good as a baseball player, because I've been so professional and they have been professional for me. That is always nice, to hear that from the fans."

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.