MILWAUKEE -- Spin Williams will be the Nationals' interim pitching coach this weekend while Steve McCatty recovers from an irregular heartbeat.
Williams, the Minor League pitching coordinator for the Nationals, was in Louisville working with Triple-A Syracuse reliever Drew Storen when he received word from Doug Harris, the club's director of player development, that he was needed in Milwaukee for three days.
It will be Williams' first experience as a big league coach since 2005, when he was a pitching coach for the Pirates.
It will not be hard for Williams to get acquainted with the pitching staff. He worked with most of the pitchers in the Minor Leagues, with the exception of Dan Haren, Rafael Soriano and Gio Gonzalez.
"I'm just doing whatever they need me to do," Williams said. "I want to give them a little support. We all have the same uniform on, we are pulling on the rope the same way. I just want to help Cat a little bit while he is gone."
Williams spoke to McCatty on Thursday and said the latter was feeling much better and expects him to be back on the field Monday at Nationals Park.
"I spoke to him for 30 minutes yesterday and he is back to his old ornery self," Williams joked. "We had a good conversation on what to look for on these pitchers during the games, just keys that he has with pitchers. He was doing really well. He is anxious to get back. On Monday, you are going to see an ornery guy."
While he was in Louisville, Williams spent two days working with Storen, who was recently sent down to the Minors because he was having the worst year of his career.
Williams said he was impressed with Storen's mental outlook and how he was going about his business. After he was demoted, Storen took three days off and then told Williams that he was ready to work. Storen will pitch one inning on Friday and start the game Sunday and pitch two innings. After that, he will be used as a regular reliever.
"He wants to get better, and wants to get back to where he was a few years back," Williams said about Storen. "I was very pleased what he accomplished in a short period of time."
Before he was sent down, Storen wasn't able to throw the ball down in the zone, but Williams doesn't think Storen isn't that far off mechanically. Storen had a 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and he threw better than Williams expected.
"The ball was crisp, he felt good, he was relaxed, he looked good," Williams said. "I can't give a timeline. One thing I did tell him is, he's got to have patience. It's going to take time to get to where he was -- whether that's two weeks, three weeks or whatever. We'll see how he performs."
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.
Davey: Gio should avoid MLB suspension
MILWAUKEE -- Major League Baseball is expected to suspend players linked to the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis sometime next week. Manager Davey Johnson said he doesn't expect left-hander Gio Gonzalez to be suspended.
"I think he is fine. I just wish they would get it over with," Johnson said.
More than once, Gonzalez has denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Earlier this year, The Miami New Times linked the pitcher to Anthony Bosch, who reportedly supplied PEDs to professional athletes.
However, according to a report from ESPN's "Outside the Lines," two sources told the company that Gonzalez did not receive banned substances from Bosch or Biogenesis. Gonzalez reportedly received glutathione, intramuscular shots and amino acids, but none of those substances are on Major League Baseball's banned-substances list.
The Miami New Times reported that Gonzalez had a $1,000 order for Aminorip, a muscle-building protein. However, none of the ingredients listed in Aminorip is on MLB's list of prohibited substances. The paper later released a new document that listed Gonzalez's name next to a list of ingredients for "pink cream," a synthetic testosterone.
Gonzalez has acknowledged that his father, Max, was a patient of Bosch's.
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.