Feb 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
As the countdown to spring training reaches its final days, we’re counting down the Nationals’ five biggest storylines of camp. We continue today with storyline No. 3: The open competition for the final spot in the starting rotation… Ross Detwiler didn’t have to compete for his spot in the Nationals’ rotation one year ago. And…
Feb 9, 2014, 5:55 PM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Drafted 9th round, June 2009 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 K, 1.355 WHIP, 3.66 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2014 storyline: Taylor Jordan enters spring training as one of three candidates competing for the fifth and final rotation spot.…
Feb 9, 2014, 4:33 PM EST
Last night’s Geico SportsNet Central featured another segment with Mark looking ahead to Nationals’ spring training. In this clip he takes a look at whether the Nats have the best rotation in baseball. After trading for Doug Fister, the Nationals boosted what was already a strength. On paper they look better than last year as…
Feb 7, 2014, 7:21 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Trade with Texas Rangers, July 2010 2014 salary: N/A 2013 stats: 14 G, 5 GS, 53.2 IP, 38 H, 11 R, 9 ER, HR, 11 BB, 40 K, 0.913 WHIP, 7-1, 1.51 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 1.4 WAR 2014 storyline: Tanner Roark was one of the biggest surprises for the Nationals in 2013.…
Feb 3, 2014, 3:07 PM EST
With the Nationals bringing in Matt Williams as their new manager this offseason, technically it left up in the air whether the rest of the coaching staff would return. Soon after the hiring, the Nats announced Steve McCatty and Randy Knorr would be back in 2014, among others, much to the delight of players and…
Jan 31, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Drafted 1st round (6th pick), June 2007 2014 salary: $3 million 2013 Stats: 13 GS, 71.1 IP, 92 H, 37 R, 32 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 39 K, 1.486 WHIP, 2-7, 4.04 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 0.9 WAR 2014 storyline: For Detwiler it’s a bit difficult to…
Jan 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EST
Though he would appear to have an obvious leg up to reclaim the job he lost last season while on the disabled list, Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the final spot in the Nationals’ rotation this spring. “I’ve done it every single year, so it’s nothing different for me,” he…
Jan 16, 2014, 10:42 PM EST
Ross Detwiler and the Nationals came to terms on a 2014 contract Thursday night, avoiding arbitration only 24 hours before they would have been required to submit competing salary figures. Detwiler will earn $3 million this season, a modest raise from his 2013 salary of $2.3375 million, according to sources familiar with the contract. The…
Jan 9, 2014, 11:20 AM EST
The Washington Nationals have released a list of players they expect to attend Jan. 25′s NatsFest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. The appearances are subject to change, but for now it appears Stephen Strasburg will be there after missing the event in 2013. Bryce Harper will be in attendance as well, along…
Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WILL ROSS DETWILER START MORE THAN 20 GAMES FOR THE NATIONALS IN 2014? MARK ZUCKERMAN: While it’s tempting to say no, I’m going to display a bit of faith in Detwiler … and the Nationals, for that matter. When healthy over the last 2 1/2 seasons, he has been an awfully good…
Dec 19, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
One of the toughest tasks for any first-time manager is bullpen usage, and that figures to be among the more intriguing aspects of Matt Williams’ inaugural season as skipper of the Nationals. Williams inherits a Washington bullpen loaded at the back end with three right-handers who have all enjoyed success as a closer in the…
Dec 7, 2013, 1:22 PM EST
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will soon embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity, taking part in the 2013 USO Holiday Tour organized by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. LaRoche will join a group of celebrities including stars of the reality show ‘Duck Dynasty,’ Jep and Willie Robertson, as…
Dec 3, 2013, 12:24 PM EST
General manager Mike Rizzo just wrapped up a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago. Obviously, last night’s trade for Doug Fister was the primary topic of discussion, but Rizzo also addressed some other issues, including the competition for No. 5 starter, the state of things at second base and the continued desire to…
Nov 23, 2013, 9:42 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Draft (12th round), June 2009 MLB service time: 15 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 3 G, 7.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 5 HR, 6 BB, 11 SO, 1.917 WHIP, 0-1, HBP, FIP…
Nov 4, 2013, 3:14 PM EST
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…
Oct 18, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2007 draft MLB service time: 4 years, 2 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2.3375 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014 and 2015, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 13 GS, 71.1 IP, 92 H, 37 R, 32 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 39 K, 1.486 WHIP,…
Oct 11, 2013, 12:44 PM EST
The Nationals once again enter an offseason with questions in the back of their rotation. The last two seasons they have signed veteran pitchers to one-year deals, opting for experience rather than promoting from within. With Dan Haren unlikely to return, how will the Nats fill his spot? And with Ross Detwiler’s disappointing 2013 season,…
Oct 3, 2013, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over these first five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Whether to acquire a No. 5 starter or fill the position from within the system… The Nationals entered each…
Sep 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EST
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,…
Sep 14, 2013, 6:22 PM EST
With all the winning the Nats have been doing lately, it’s easy to forget they still aren’t full strength. Ross Detwiler, their fifth starter, has been on the disabled list since July 7 with a lower back strain and now Stephen Strasburg, their ace, is on the mend. Both starters are working their way back…
Sep 11, 2013, 6:41 PM EST
NEW YORK — Like the Nationals’ hopes of making the playoffs, Ross Detwiler’s hopes of pitching again this season looked bleak a few weeks ago. But just as the Nationals have crept their way back into the fringes of the pennant race, Detwiler has progressed enough in his rehab from a strained back to give…
Aug 30, 2013, 5:54 PM EST
Ross Ohlendorf it is. Davey Johnson confirmed before Friday’s game the veteran right-hander will indeed start for the Nationals on Sunday night, and ruled out Stephen Strasburg’s availability to pitch a day early. Strasburg threw a bullpen session on Friday and is fine after feeling tightness in his back in his previous start. Tanner Roark…
Aug 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EST
Despite initial hopes Ross Detwiler would be able to recover from his strained back to pitch again for the Nationals in September, the left-hander is unlikely to make it back before season’s end. Detwiler has not yet begun throwing off a mound, and manager Davey Johnson all but ruled out his return in 2013. “Probably…
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