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Nuggets from Riggleman

Feb 19, 2010, 10:58 PM EST

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VIERA, Fla. — Jim Riggleman addressed all sorts of subjects in his first news conference of the spring, a session that lasted more than 20 minutes. There were plenty of questions about Chien-Ming Wang from the large gathering, but there were other subjects worth noting…

— Riggleman said Ross Detwiler, despite apparently having been feeling pain in his right hip since late last season, never mentioned it to any team officials until last week. At that point, Detwiler got an MRI, which revealed the torn cartilage, so he had surgery Monday that will sideline him three months. "You'd have to talk to Detwiler, but I think he probably has been feeling something for a while and thought, 'Well, I'm alright. I'll get through this,'" Riggleman said. "And it probably was nagging. And when he got here it was still nagging. And when he went to the trainer, he said this doesn't feel good. So they went and checked it out and it was a serious problem that needed to be alleviated. Obviously if he had said in October or November, 'My hip hurts,' it would have been checked out."

Jesus Flores has been doing some light throwing and swinging, but the club is taking a very cautious approach with the rehabbing catcher. Reading between the lines, it sounds to me like the Nats plan to have Flores open the season on the DL and not bring him back untilRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Feb 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Mark,I guess none of the sports writers asked Jim if he id married?Can't wait to see Strasburg pitch. Keep up the good work Don't worry about us up here in the North freezing to death while you get tanned….

  2. Johnny Baconbitz - Feb 20, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Can we read between the lines and get that Riggleman et al are not happy with Detwiler holding back on pain info? I know guys want to play, but come on, have things checked. It drives me nuts.

  3. Lester - Feb 20, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    How is Matt Capps? Does he look like he is in shape?

  4. An Briosca Mor - Feb 20, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    It's probably not to early to raise this question. It has to be a given that Strasburg will not be brought up to the big league team until June, so as to delay his FA status a year. It would be criminal if they brought him up before then, no matter how well he's pitching. But what are the chances that they tag Strasburg to start the last exhibition game in Nationals Park against the Red Sox before sending him down to Potomac? Between Strasburg pitching in DC and the Red Sox being there, they could easily sell out that game.





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