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Detwiler to see back specialist

Jul 23, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

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Continuing to experience setbacks involving his lower back strain, Nationals starter Ross Detwiler will now see back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins on Wednesday in Los Angeles for further testing and a second opinion.
Detwiler has been on the disabled list since July 4 and felt pain in his back after throwing a bullpen session over the weekend. Manager Davey Johnson said the discomfort was so bad he couldn’t even jog while warming up for the workout.
“They’re not sure why it keeps reoccurring,” Johnson said. “They’ve done a lot of tests. I think they want to get another opinion.”
Johnson acknowledged Detwiler could be out for longer than first expected, perhaps an extended absence after already missing three weeks. Detwiler – 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA this year – also missed a month earlier this season with a strained oblique.

“It’s a problem,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking at. Also, Taylor Jordan’s going to be on an innings limit. So we’re thinking about all those things and how to go forward.”

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  1. James Joyce - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    If Rizzo does not add a SP arm, there is something very wrong in Natstown.

  2. The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Detwiler has never been someone you can count on. He's the Nick Johnson of pitchers. I would say he's another John Patterson, but Patterson was better before he got hurt. Maybe Detwiler is the new Shawn Hill. Either way, Rizzo better not be penciling him in for a spot in next year's rotation.

  3. karlkolchak - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    This ought to present an opportunity for Caleb Clay, who has been very good at both AA and AAA this year. As a former 1st round pick, he could be the classic late bloomer at age 25.

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