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Ross Detwiler unlikely to pitch again this season

Aug 28, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Ross Detwiler Reuters

Ross Detwiler has been out since early July with a back injury and Mark Zuckerman of reports that the Nationals left-hander is unlikely to pitch again this season.

Detwiler hasn’t been cleared to throw off a mound yet, so he’s simply running out of time before the season ends. Returning as a reliever would perhaps give him a little more of a chance because Detwiler wouldn’t have to build up as much arm strength, but manager Davey Johnson indicated that the Nationals aren’t particularly keen on that idea.

Detwiler has a 4.02 ERA in 69 career starts, including a 4.04 mark in 13 starts this season. He’s under team control through 2016, so if healthy he figures to be back in the rotation next year.

  1. natstowngreg - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Even if the Nats were in serious contention, and even if Detwiler could return in a limited role, it’s not likely he could contribute much in September. Better he should continue rehabbing and rejoin the rotation next season.

  2. steelers88 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I actually think the Nationals will make the one game playoff. I think the Reds will easily overtake the Pirates and I think the Nationals will overtake the Dbacks. Trust me I’m a Pirates fan and

    • simalex - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM

      (I’m a Nats fan.)

      1. Wild-card wise, it’s good to see the Reds, Cards and Pirates continue to beat up on each other.

      2. I do think the Nats can and will overtake the D’backs.

      3. The Nats in a one-game series is an intriguing proposition. Which Nats team shows up? The one that has efficient offense and world-class starting pitching and a shut down bullpen, or the one that fails to make routine baseball plays and wastes at-bats and blows leads late? There are very good reasons why this team is a whopping two games over .500.

      3a. I would love, LOVE to see them get this far though.

      4. Even if my Nats don’t get there, postseason baseball is f-ing awesome.

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