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Detwiler may not be ready as scheduled

Jul 16, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

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NEW YORK — Davey Johnson caught up with Nats’ reporters before Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York, reminiscing about old times as manager of the Mets and going through some quick injury updates.
The biggest revelation was the fact Ross Detwiler may not be ready to return to the Nats’ rotation for his scheduled start on July 23 against the Pirates. Detwiler is on the disabled list currently with a lower back strain. He last pitched July 3 against the Brewers.
Johnson said Detwiler will test the back on Thursday, likely with a bullpen session, and his status moving forward will be determined then. At this point, the Nats can’t commit to July 23.
“It depends on what he does Thursday,” Johnson said. “It may not be right away.”

The Nats will likely use rookie Taylor Jordan for the Tuesday start in the event Detwiler isn’t ready. Jordan would fill the fifth spot in the rotation as the Nats will begin the season’s second half with Stephen Strasburg starting Friday against the Dodgers.
  1. Laddie Blah Blah - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Ross' across the body pitching motion appear to be catching up to him. He is likely to have recurring problems from here on out, if his mechanics are not adjusted to relieve the strain on his back. Taylor Jordan is on an innings limit. When Matheus is ready to come off the DL, it would be easy to shut Jordan down and move Ohlendorf into a starter's role in the 5th slot, with Haren holding down the 4th spot in the rotation.I really hope Rizzo doesn't overpay for a stop gap rental if Detwiler can't return. None of the guys who are available look any better than Ohlendorf and Haren in their recent efforts.

  2. NatsLady - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Not shocking. Should consider putting him in the bullpen or doing a 4+4 with Ohlendorf when he comes back.

  3. nats guy - Jul 17, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Ask the Rockies about the success of 4 + 4'd

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