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Ross Detwiler returns from DL, rejoins Nationals rotation

Jun 13, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler throws a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Ross Detwiler is back from the disabled list after missing four weeks with a strained oblique muscle and the left-hander will rejoin the Nationals’ rotation today against the Rockies.

Coming back to start at Coors Field is never a good thing and Detwiler wasn’t particularly sharp in a rehab outing Saturday at Single-A, allowing seven this in 3.2 innings. He was fantastic before the injury, posting a 2.76 ERA and 23/10 K/BB ratio in 46 innings, and while largely being a forgotten man in Washington’s rotation Detwiler has a 3.34 ERA in 45 starts since 2011.

  1. natslady - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Davey will keep him on a tight leash, as Stammen (top-notch long-reliever) is rested and the bullpen has not been over-taxed. Interesting that they sent down the Clippard look-alike (Erik Davis) and kept Ohlendorf. Obviously, Ohlendorf can’t pitch for a few days, but if he’d gone down, he would have had to stay there for ten days or might have taken his opt-out. Davey likes Ohlendorf, wants to “find a place for him.” Might use him to piggy back Haren, who can’t seem to go more than 4-5 innings without imploding, but can be very good for those innings.

  2. kaboomdmv - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Astute observations. I was a bit surprised by Davis being demoted too, but on the whole it does make the most sense. Erik has been rather hit or miss every appearance, and the other young arms we’ve brought up more recently have bolstered the ‘pen a bit more. During his brief stay, Davis appeared to have the make up to join us in September and make a difference. Meanwhile, Abad and Krol have been much more solid, as their numbers obviously indicate.
    Ohlendorf staying up is a little concerning, despite his excellent performance yesterday. I get a sense that he will get pretty tagged up his next outing, though acting as insurance to Haren is exactly something we need. I think everyone else is with me in wondering how long they’ll accept one quality start for every three blowouts for Danny. It’s a bit of a tease. He gives us a taste of dominance, but that’s it, just a taste.

    Even if we’re still practically playing .500 ball, the team appears on the verge of breaking out big time. Things are starting to click a bit, and it should only improve from here on out. One would think.

    Ross has been a bit unreliable in his last few starts. His over-reliance on the fastball worked at first, but then it all started falling apart. One game in particular I remember he gave up something like 6 or 7 doubles. Only 1 run somehow, but it was in that moment that I got a feeling he’d need to mix it up, or get beat up.

  3. scdocal - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    Who cares. Not going to be a contender in September.

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