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Nationals send Chien-Ming Wang back to bullpen, return Ross Detwiler to rotation

Jun 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

Chien-Ming Wang sits in the dugout with teammates during their MLB exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Washington Reuters

Three weeks after moving Chien-Ming Wang from the bullpen to the rotation and bumping Ross Detwiler from the rotation to the bullpen the Nationals are reversing that switch.

Wang flopped in four starts, allowing 13 runs in 17.2 innings with more walks (14) than strikeouts (11) and a .364 opponents’ batting average.

Detwiler had a couple rough starts before the demotion, but his 3.88 ERA in nine total starts made the decision an iffy one in the first place and he pitched well as a reliever with a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings.

Wang going to the bullpen is more about simply removing him from the rotation, because he’s had issues warming up quickly in the past and is unlikely to be used as more than a mop-up man. Perhaps the Nationals simply aren’t ready to give up on him completely, but relief work seems unlikely to suit him.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    I hate when Wang is floppy. I wonder if he’ll look any better holding balls for a shorter period of time.

  2. juanquixote - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Smart move, Wang’s sinker isn’t sinking, and everybody and their brother is crushing the ball against him

  3. natsattack - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    YES!

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