On the topic of altering his rotation, Johnson pointed out that Saturday could be Jordan Zimmermann's last regular-season start, and he won't get back on the mound until next weekend's NLDS. But when it was brought to his attention that Zimmermann usually pitches best on regular rest, Johnson said he doesn't have any plans for Zimmermann to throw a simulated game or anything in between Saturday and his first postseason start.
"If we clinched it earlier, then I'd line him up. This time of year, it doesn't really matter," Johnson said. "Guys are going to be feeling great whether it's six days' rest, seven -- it doesn't matter. ... He'll be ready. I'm not worried about it."
With Thursday's victory against the Phillies, Gonzalez became the first pitcher in franchise history to record 21 regular-season wins, the first Washington-based pitcher to do so since Bob Porterfield won 22 in 1953, and D.C.'s first lefty to win 21 games since Earl Whitehill in 1933.