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Detwiler hopes to return in 10 weeks

Feb 20, 2010, 7:26 PM EST

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VIERA, Fla. — Ross Detwiler said he only began feeling significant pain in his right hip in the last month, not last season, and said he believes he can return to the mound in about 10 weeks following Monday's surgery.

"I'm really in not much pain," the left-hander said today, standing in the Nationals' clubhouse with the aid of crutches. "They said I'd be tossing without rotation in my hip in four weeks, then throwing in six weeks and I could possibly be in a game in 10 weeks. It's a whole lot quicker than I thought it would be."

Detwiler, who turns 24 on March 6, tiptoed a bit around the subject when asked if the hip injury bothered him last season, saying: "It's 162 games. You have aches and pains." But he did not think it was anything serious enough to mention to team personnel in October. Once he experienced more significant pain last month upon resuming workouts at Space Coast Stadium, he began to be concerned it could be serious.

"Once I arrived in Florida in mid-to-late January, something just didn't feel right," he said. "So I went to the trainer that was here, and he said let's get you an MRI. [Team orthopedist Bruce] Thomas said itRead more »

  1. SonnyG10 - Feb 20, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    This would really be nice if Ross could come back quickly as good as new. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. Andrew - Feb 20, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    This is a really nice article about Riggleman and the Nats. Good comments from Zim too.

  3. peric - Feb 21, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    As long as its not that left arm. He'll get a place and a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation.





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