Ohlendorf to give tired arm a rest until next week

Ohlendorf to give tired arm a rest until next week

MILWAUKEE -- Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf will be shut down because of a tired arm. The Nationals are hoping he can be back on the mound sometime next week.

On Wednesday, Ohlendorf came on in relief of starter Gio Gonzalez with one out in the fourth and the Nationals trailing, 9-1.

Ohlendorf got Jhonny Peralta to fly out to center, but allowed an RBI single to Hernan Perez. With Ramon Santiago coming to the plate, manager Davey Johnson and athletic trainer Lee Kuntz went to the mound to check on Ohlendorf, who was replaced by right-hander Craig Stammen.

Johnson was concerned because Ohlendorf's fastball was clocked at 85 mph. Ohlendorf simply wasn't ready to pitch. He needed a few days of rest to make the arm stronger. Ohlendorf is often clocked in the low- to mid-90s. The last time he had pitched prior to Wednesday's game was last Friday against the Mets, throwing 114 pitches.

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.