By Michaela Johnson
Nationals skipper Dusty Baker announced Friday that Jeremy Guthrie would start the second game of the series against the Phillies Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.
In his first start as a National, Guthrie threw ⅔ innings, allowing six hits and four walks for a total of 10 earned runs. The bullpen also had difficulty getting out of the inning. Enny Romero entered the game, giving up three hits and two more earned runs. The Nats have never before given up 12 runs in a single inning.
The veteran right hander had not appeared in a major league game since 2015 with the Kansas City Royals. Guthrie started 24 games for the Royals and ended the season with a 5.95 ERA.
In 2016 Guthrie pitched for the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres triple-A teams, ending the season 7-9 with a 6.57 ERA. He signed a minor league deal with the Nationals this spring and threw 18 ⅔ innings in spring training, posting a 2.41 ERA with 15 strikeouts.
Guthrie was given the start because Joe Ross was unavailable after being optioned triple-A Syracuse on April 2, where he is required to stay for 10 days.
The Nats will not need a fifth starter again until April 22, giving the team a few weeks to try to find a solution for their early season pitching challenges.
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