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Detwiler Will Start Thursday Against Phillies

Counting work in the majors and minors, pitcher Ross Detwiler has already thrown 130-2/3 innings this year. With that alone, the 2007 first-round pick has shown enough -- at least in "flashes," according to general manager Mike Rizzo -- to compete for a rotation spot next year.

Before 2009 concludes, though, Detwiler is cherishing his final chance to make an impression. Thursday against Philadelphia, the Washington Nationals will use Detwiler as a starter. Detwiler hasn't started a big league game since July 8, in the meantime pitching 10 games for Class AAA Syracuse (4-2, 3.10 ERA) and appearing for two innings on Saturday with the Nationals in relief. But with Marco Estrada shelled in his last start, Washington elected to insert Detwiler as a replacement this time around.

"They're giving me another opportunity to start, so I really want to get the ball rolling and go into spring training able to compete for a job," said Detwiler, 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 major league starts this year. "It'll be a clean slate going into spring training too, pretty much, but I want to get that first win and I want to finish up the year strong."

Because of the relative inactivity since his September call-up, Detwiler probably won't throw more than five innings, interim manager Jim Riggleman said. He'll get, at most, two more starts this season.

Had the Nationals stuck with their prior pitching rotation, J.D. Martin would have started Thursday, with Estrada following on Friday against the Mets. Now, Martin will start Friday, with Detwiler jumping ahead. "It's been a while since he pitched," Riggleman explained. "We don't want to push him back any further."

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So just to be clear, here is the upcoming Nats' rotation:

Tue., @ PHI -- Mock
Wed., @ PHI -- Hernandez
Thu., @ PHI -- Detwiler
Fri., @ NYM -- Martin
Sat., @ NYM -- Lannan

rinse, repeat.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 15, 2009; 6:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

Not many starts left for the left hander.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

'Riggleman explained. "We don't want to push him back any further."'

How about "The Phillies have four left handed regulars with 30+ HRs."

That would have made more sense.

Posted by: NickPoppagorgio | September 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping to see Desmond again tonight, tomorrow, the day after, etc. I can't get enough of this rooks game so far.

Posted by: cokedispatch | September 15, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman's logic escapes me Chico.

Ricky says have him 'splain.

Ostensibly Maxwell is a right handed hitter (just up from SYR) replacing Harris who is hot and bats left. But Bard, who bats left against a left-handed pitcher is in instead of right handed Nieves? And right handed Gonzo (who has been up a bit longer) over right handed Desmond? And switch hitting Guzman batting second behind light hitting Maxwell strike out guy Maxwell (who hasn't been up that long)?

Too many times seen just-up Orr in the line up against left-handers? And Desmond (who could be batting 1st and second), who needs to be evaluated, hitting .750 or whatever sits on the bench?

WTF Riggleman?

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"How about 'The Phillies have four left handed regulars with 30+ HRs.'"

And Detwiler had a propensity for giving up those dingers last time he was here?

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand pitchers. If you are going to throw a 100 pitches over 3 innings and lose 10-0, why not throw the ball over the plate, throw 40 pitches and lose 10-0?

Mock has pitched this game over and over again. Why does he persist in thinking pitching like this is going to win him the game?

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | September 15, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Mock getting shelled.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Where's the rain?

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I thought it was me, but Dibble just said the same thing.

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | September 15, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

What a concept? You throw the ball over the plate and the batter hits to your left fielder for an out.

Posted by: Vze2sr66 | September 15, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

5-zip philly after 2 in philly? g'night, gracie.

Posted by: surly_w | September 15, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

No more Mock. He sucks, let someone else have his next start.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 15, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo gets hit by the batted ball ... ?

WTF Riggleman?

Batting for Alberto Gonzalez: Ian Desmond.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I like the GameDay headline:

Mock out to make an impression on Nats.

He surely did.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere tonight, Tom Emanski weeps after watching the Nats' baserunning blunders.

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 15, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting for Riggleman to look plaintively to the heavens and ask the baseball gods "Can't anybody here play this game?"

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 15, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"I'm just waiting for Riggleman to look plaintively to the heavens and ask the baseball gods 'Can't anybody here play this game?'"

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 15, 2009"

Jim Riggleman, on why Ian Desmond is out of the lineup: "Well, it's not to just play him every day, but as I've said before I just can't abandon those who've been out there for us all year. It just so happens we're facing [Cliff] Lee. [Alberto] Gonzalez set a Nationals' record with three doubles against Lee last week, so if I'm going to give Gonzalez an opportunity to help the ballclub I felt like this would be the night."

ITS ALL ON RIGGLEMAN. First he says he wants to continue to try to win, because doing anything else wouldn't be fair to teams competing for the wildcard and division titles. All an excuse to somehow fit Pete Orr in ... I swear that's what it looked like.

AND NOW THIS?

I think Riggleman suffers from Nixon-itis.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I've seen enough. I think Rizzo will most definitely be hiring someone new. Yes, Riggleman is indeed a very long shot.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman looks up to sky. "Why do they always make me manager of losing teams?" Heaven looks down. "Maybe its because you are to dyslexic to do a proper lineup card?"

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Strike out, bases loaded. A left-handed batter. Riggleman's skewed logic strikes again.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

would have loved to see livo pitch against the mets.

Posted by: surly_w | September 15, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Mock has thrown 70+ pitches & is due up 2nd in the 5th - bring on the bullpen.

Posted by: BinM | September 15, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

@surly

You still may when the Mets roll into NatsTown later this month. If so, may be my last visit for the season.

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 15, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Mock hitting - has an infield single & gets nailed trying to stretch it. Yeesh.

Posted by: BinM | September 15, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting for Riggleman to look plaintively to the heavens and ask the baseball gods "Can't anybody here play this game?"
Posted by: leetee1955 | September 15, 2009 7:59 PM
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Tonight in particular.

Posted by: BinM | September 15, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

the stars just HAVE to align when the mets come to town for the highly anticipated livo vs. redding matchup.

Posted by: surly_w | September 15, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

surly: I thought you already signed out. That's o.k., I'm about ready to - the Nationals are going to get to the Phillies' bullpen too late to make a difference tonight. Oh well, there's always tomorrow night; Dopes spring eternal, I guess. G'night Gracie - G'night George.

Posted by: BinM | September 15, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Saul's good for a couple more runs to pad their lead.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

the stars just HAVE to align when the mets come to town for the highly anticipated livo vs. redding matchup.

Posted by: surly_w | September 15, 2009 8:56 PM |

Could I get the body armor concession for the fans in the outfield seats?

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 15, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

where's schulzie with the maalox and bourbon?

in other news, it's interesting josh smoker made the FIL roster. he's the other guy we got (with Z'nn) when Soriano left for free agency. smoker had surgery last year (tommy john i think) so i was curious if/when he'd make it back.

Posted by: NatsNut | September 15, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Looks like that's about it folks ...

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Bring out the fire engines ... its 5 alarm Kensing.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Riggleman, shame on you for not putting Desmond in the lineup.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

How does Kensing still have a job? HOW?! And what the F^@< is Dibble doing saying they should keep him next year? ERG!

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | September 15, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Flores labrum tear?!?!? Wow. Talk about an organizational disaster.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | September 15, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Flores labrum tear? He's done. They need a new catcher.

Posted by: periculum | September 15, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@Periculum,

What ARE you going to do with yourself when the seasons over and you have nothing to be all knowing about?

How many comments do you write every day?

Posted by: WashOut | September 15, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Labrum tears for non-pitchers is nothing. My wife (decidedly a non-athlete, but nonetheless), had a severe one, had the surgery (from a surgeon who treats pro athletes, tho not Dr. Andrews), and her shoulder is better than it ever was. She was back at 100%+ in less than 6 months. This is No Big Deal for Flores.

Posted by: TheBorg | September 15, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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