NEW YORK -- Minutes after watching his team defeat the Mets, 6-4, on Friday night, Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that right-hander Taylor Jordan will make his Major League debut against New York on Saturday.
To make room for Jordan, the Nationals optioned first baseman Chris Marrero to Triple-A Syracuse. Marrero appeared in eight games and was 2-for-16 (.125) with an RBI. Johnson spent about 15 minutes talking to Marrero after the game.
"It's a tough situation for a young player. He is having a heck of a year [in the Minors]. We had to take his spot," Johnson said. "I told him to keep his head up. Keep having a good year."
Ranked as the organization's No. 17 prospect by MLB.com, Jordan started the season with Class A Potomac and is now with Double-A Harrisburg, having gone a combined 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA in 14 starts between the two clubs this season. In eight Double-A starts, he has a perfect 7-0 record with 43 strikeouts, nine walks and a 0.85 WHIP.
"I think the one thing that stands out the most is his fastball command," said Harrisburg manager Matt LeCroy. "In his outings, he's pretty much commanded the baseball. He has another thing he does really well. He slows the game down and takes it one pitch at a time, and that's something that's hard to teach. It's been pretty amazing to watch. He's quick to the plate, holds runners well. So we're proud of the work he's put in and all the strides he's made since [undergoing his Tommy John surgery]."
Jordan is having the best year of his professional career, and Saturday's start would give him a jump on his Citi Field debut after having been named to represent the Nationals at the Mets' ballpark for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on July 14.
While in the big leagues, Jordan is expected to make two or three starts.
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. Reporter Andrew Simon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.