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Detwiler, Garcia come off 60-day DL

Nov 4, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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The Nationals officially activated Ross Detwiler and Christian Garcia off the 60-day disabled list, required procedural moves that transfer both pitchers back onto the club’s 40-man roster for the offseason.

Detwiler dealt with a lingering back injury much of the season that ultimately was diagnosed as a herniated disc. The left-hander was limited to 13 starts, during which he went a disappointing 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA. He did rehab from the injury and appeared to be 100 percent healthy by early October, though he didn’t make it back in time to pitch in any big-league games before the Nationals’ season ended, leaving the 27-year-old a bit of a question mark entering 2014.

Garcia never did pitch in the major leagues this season, a frustrating one for the right-hander who impressed during his Sept. 2012 debut but was beset by forearm and hamstring injuries this year. The 28-year-old reliever appeared in 11 rehab games for three Nationals affiliates; he’s currently pitching for Hermosillo of the Mexican League, having tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings so far this winter.

The reinstatement of Detwiler and Garcia leaves the Nationals with a full, 40-man roster for the moment. They added Steven Souza over the weekend, protecting the power-hitting outfielder from next month’s Rule 5 draft and preventing him from becoming a minor-league free agent.

The Nationals also saw both Dan Haren and Chad Tracy officially become free agents after the World Series ended. They still have exclusive negotiating rights with both players and technically could make a $14.1 million qualifying offer to either before 5 p.m. EST but are not expected to do so in either case. Haren and Tracy, like all new MLB free agents will be allowed to start signing with other clubs at midnight.

Here is how the Nationals’ 40-man roster currently looks…

PITCHERS (20): Fernando Abad, Xavier Cedeno, Tyler Clippard, Erik Davis, Ross Detwiler, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Taylor Jordan, Nate Karns, Ian Krol, Ryan Mattheus, Ross Ohlendorf, Matt Purke, Tanner Roark, Tyler Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann

CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Wilson Ramos, Jhonatan Solano

INFIELDERS (8): Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Mauro Gomez, Adam LaRoche, Steve Lombardozzi, Anthony Rendon, Zach Walters, Ryan Zimmerman

OUTFIELDERS (9): Corey Brown, Scott Hairston, Bryce Harper, Jeff Kobernus, Tyler Moore, Eury Perez, Steven Souza, Denard Span, Jayson Werth

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    40 man list filled up quickly.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    “@JimBowdenESPNxm: Up-Dated List of players given
    Offers: Napoli,Drew,Ellsbury,Beltran,Kuroda,Granderson,Cano,Jimenez,McCann

    • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      pretty much my Nats’ shopping list for this off-season.

  3. Hiram Hover - Nov 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Describing Ross as “a bit of a question mark” is putting it rather generously.

  4. sjm308 - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I am being lazy and could go on multiple sites to look, but with the 40 man roster filled at this point, who does this group figure is the first man off if they do go the Free Agent route?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      I’m thinking Sandy Leon and Corey Brown.

    • Joe Seamhead - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Eury Perez

  5. David Proctor - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Who in the world is Mauro Gomez?

    • Hiram Hover - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      I had to look it up – Mark did a story in September when he was a waiver pick up from …
      I’ve already forgotten where.

      29 yo career minor leaguer except for a few games with Boston, a corner IF, mostly 1b I think.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        yes, name sounds familiar.

  6. sjm308 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Thanks for those thoughts. Since I have no idea why we need a 29 yr old guy I have never heard of, my choice is Mr. Gomez as well.

  7. karlkolchak - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Tyler Robertson would also seem a good choice to go. He’s lefty reliever whose career minor league numbers are very blah, and unlike Roark weren’t any better this year (1.669 WHIP). He also got released midseason by the TWINS.

  8. langleyclub - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    There will be additional roster shakeups before the Rule V draft as the Nats will need to protect their minor league players not on the roster that would be exposed to that draft. Would guess at least 2 and possibly as many as 4 or 5 will dropped off the current roster before the Rule 5 draft. Agree that Tyler Robertson will be the first to go. Would also guess Solano, Davis, Kobernus, Brown and maybe Abad will be dropped. The Nats will offer minor league contract to almost all those that do not get claimed in the Rule V draft. Also, when was Chris Marrero dropped off the roster?

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