"We're not asking him to go five, six innings," Roenicke said. "If he had all 10-pitch innings maybe he'd be able to do it, but the pitch count whether he can go 50, 60, I don't know."
Gorzelanny was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on May 24 after missing most of May with left shoulder tendinitis. The lefty has appeared out of the bullpen in 24 games this season and is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA.
Gorzelanny made one start while with the Nationals last season. On Oct. 2, he faced the Phillies and threw 65 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out five in Washington's 4-2 win.
"I'm not thinking right now that the next five starts are going to be his," Roenicke said. "They could be, but that's not what we're thinking right now."
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.