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Detwiler unlikely to return this season

Sep 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

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The hopes of Ross Detwiler returning for the Nationals by the end of this season have grown increasingly slim. It’s not that he’s had a setback in his recovery from a lower back strain, it’s that there just may not be enough games left.

The Nats only have 11 games remaining on their schedule and, after throwing three innings in a bullpen session on Wednesday, Detwiler will now head to Viera, Florida to pitch in the instructional league on Monday.

Davey Johnson thinks that will likely end the lefty’s season in Washington.

“If that’s the plan, he might as well stay down there,” Johnson said. “I don’t see it. If he gets four days off, there will only be one or two games left. I don’t see the point in coming out just for one game for us. That’s going to be a decision made down the road.”

Detwiler hasn’t pitched since July 3 against the Brewers and was placed on the disabled list July 7. He was then transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 6.

Detwiler dealt with an oblique injury earlier in the year and was later diagnosed with a lower back strain. Johnson thinks the two are related and may hold root in his participation in the World Baseball Classic during spring training.

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  1. Jw - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    WBC did in Bernadina and Detwiler. Probably hurt Gio too, at least a bit. If they have a future WBC, any Nat ought to think twice before participating.

    • Section 222 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      Can’t argue with that. And how about Bryce and the HR Derby?



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