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Detwiler has hip surgery, out for 10-12 weeks

Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who entered this spring as one of the top candidates to win an open spot in the Nationals' rotation, had surgery Monday to repair a torn hip flexor and won't be able to throw for the next six weeks, his agent confirmed Thursday.

Agent Jeff Berry said Detwiler's hip had been bothering him for more than a year, but had gotten worse in recent months. "It was something the team, Ross and I felt should be addressed," Berry said.

Berry said Detwiler is expected to report to the Nationals' spring training camp on Friday, along with the team's others pitchers and catchers, and hopes to begin a throwing program in six weeks, which could have him back on a mound in 10 to 12 weeks.

[UPDATE 4:25 P.M.:] The team has released a statement regarding Detwiler, saying the surgery was to repair a a labral tear in his right hip, performed by Dr. Marc J. Philippon in Vail, Col. According to the release, Detwiler is expected to return to "competitive pitching" in three months.

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 18, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
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Wondering why this wasn't written about Monday or Tuesday.

I mean, seriously. Zuckerman literally JUST arrived in Viera, and he's already breaking news that the Post who has been there since like Sunday, should have wrote about days ago.

what the hell, Post. Less Panera jokes, more Nationals Baseball, please.

then again, I shouldn't really blame the Post, because NOBODY wrote about this. not the Post, not Ladson, not MASN. Zuckerman showed up in Viera and wrote about it, then everyone else started writing.

SOMEONE should have had this news at least 2 days ago.

Posted by: JMW4th | February 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

my guess is that the team didn't want to make this public 'til now.

Posted by: brianmatthewd | February 18, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Why have surgery the week you report. Shouldn't surgery have happened say November? At some pt, shouldn't they realize it's not getting better and bite the bullet sooner.

Posted by: hoo93 | February 18, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Reading Mr. Shenin's article about Matt Chico ... isn't it possible that he tried to hide or make the injury seem less serious than it was? Can they make players get precautionary MRIs?

Posted by: lerici | February 18, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it was the snow.

Let's just blame it on the snow.

Posted by: CBinDC1 | February 18, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow. How does Mr Rizzo's plan to get just ONE starting pitcher in the offseason look now??!! Just perfect.

Posted by: dovelevine | February 18, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Ross had actually reported and been working out in Viera since mid January. The hip had been nagging him all last year and the thought was that time off in the off season would allow it to get better. When it started to get worse after a month of working out in Viera, the decision was made to get it taken care of so that he could still comeback and return to form relatively early in the season

Posted by: bd23 | February 18, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

hoo is right on! Why do these athletes take all their offseason and then just before training camp, decide that they need surgury? Basketball players are the worst culprits! I guess it's a long season and they are just trying to shorten it. In Detweiler's case though, he is trying to make the roster, not extend his vacation.

Posted by: 1of9000 | February 18, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

hoo93: if you read zuck's stellar report, you will see detwiler hurt himself this past month while preping for spring training, not at the end of last year.

if this had been the redskins 4th string outside linebacker, this is front page news for the makes me sick

Posted by: formerlylove1 | February 18, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This had been bothering him for almost a was it feeling in Nov.??? Dec???
Jan.??? Now it is Feb. just prior to reporting for spring training and you are having surgery..

If I were management I would have verylitte patience or tolerance for Mr. Detweiler...he has shownl a lack of judgment and maturity...and I would not be surprised if another incident arises once he is healthy...

Put him on a short leash..when he comes back make sure he is completely healthy..and if he shows no promise or potential I would release him with no regrets...something about the timing of this surgery along with a year of issues concerning his hip alarms me and hopefully NATS brass....

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 18, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I imagine that it would be a bit more worrisome if Detwiler was the fifth out of only five starters who would be in camp. As it is, there are still a bunch of other guys who are competing for spots. Sure, many were optimistic about him, but it isn't like he was a lock for the rotation, anyway.

I'm more concerned with what appears to be the continuation of the trend that an injury has to get serious before it is addressed. I blame the players just as much as I blame the team. If your arm hurts, go see a doctor. If your hip is nagging you, go to a doctor. If the team is aware of the issue, send the player to a doctor. It is a lot easier to do the MRI, find a minor injury and rehab it than it is to wait, do the MRI late, find a serious injury and complete a surgery to fix it.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | February 18, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Pentagon40...."lack of judgment and maturity"??? Please explain. Your comments reek of ignorance.

Posted by: NickPoppagorgio | February 18, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

pentagon40: That is why you are not management.

Posted by: bd23 | February 18, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse


Oh for crying out loud!!! How can a player allow themselves to wait until spring training to decide to have surgery? And if the team knew of the complaint, how can you wait for the physical to evaluate something this major. It's not just the Nationals either. This is an issue throughout MLB. I don't know if it is the legislated stupidity (collective barginaing agreement) or regular stupidity (poor judgement) that makes player and team wait, but if I'm paying an employee I'm pissed. And if I'm being paid, I'm obligated.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming....

Posted by: natbiscuits | February 18, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

w............t............f........... This wasn't handled well.

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

BTW, there are conflicting reports about whether this is a 1 year or 1 month old injury. If 1 month, ok you might have to wait for a month to let inflamation subside, but 1 year? No excuse.

Posted by: natbiscuits | February 18, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Argh. Grr. Argh.

We're going to be breaking out the bourbon pretty early in the season. Here I was all giddy and pitchers-and-catchers-y and now this. I think it's the timing that really stinks - most of us want to be optimists right now, not get news about major surgery.

Posted by: Section220 | February 18, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Colt Brennan do almost the same with a similar injury the during the Skins training camp?

It appears like 'Detwiler' and 'Wang' would come back into the fold together ... mayhap with Mr. Strasburg? Strategy?

Posted by: lerici | February 18, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Natsbiscuits: Known about this one month, fine. Known for one year, that is just awful. And yes, way to let the wind out of our sails in just the right way. WOOOSH!

Posted by: tgerbracht | February 18, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Biscuits on this. If it's one month, OK. If it's one year...Duh...Google: Orthopedic Physicians / Washington, DC. There are a lot of them. Many are at least as good as any in the country. If you don't want the team to know, fine. Pay for the exam. I think you can afford the $250.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | February 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It is not just the Nats. Even teams with well regarded medical programs have this happen. Manny Delcarmen pitched the second half of last year concealing a shoulder injury. With Mike Lowell, his team knew of his finger injury in September, did not correctly diagnose it, and he only had surgery after Texas rejected a trade for him due to his finger tendon needing surgery.

If Detwiler concealed he was hurt, it may end up costing him his team's trust and their inclination to give him a break. If the team made a judgment he would heal with rest, it was a team mistake. The team's med staff has not built up enough confidence for many here to just brush off a mistake as "S- happens"; we're more inclined to say it reflects on the team.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather hear some facts from our reporters on the ground than hear all the assumptions around here -- that the injury is a year old, that he concealed it, etc. For all we know, he was rehabbing a nagging injury all winter under doctor's instructions, but reinjured his hip working out a week ago and decided then to have surgery. Let's wait for some clarification before jumping all over Detweiler, or the Nats.

Posted by: Section222 | February 18, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

And yet another new post...

Posted by: BinM | February 18, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"I was no where near him when it happened."

...Matt Chico

Posted by: howjensen | February 18, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

does anyone still have Livan Hernandez's celly?

Posted by: boricuabopper | February 18, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

NICKPOPPA: Sorry you don't get it..My statement that Detweiler showed lack of judgment had to do with him hurting all fall and winter and just NOW acting on it...and lack of maturity since he is getting paid the bucks to act like an adult
all around...And yes, good I'm not with Nats management because Detweiler would be high on my "Little Faith List" for sure...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 18, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Why do these athletes wait until training camp to have surgery. Football players are notorious for doing the same thing. We all know these athletes are dumb, but can't some one with a brain plan ahead?

Posted by: lp_lodestar | February 18, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

" . . . can't some one with a brain plan ahead?"

You mean like Mayor Fenty?

Posted by: JohnRDC | February 18, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

pentagon40: The fact of the matter is that you know next to nothing about the situation, that is why your comments are rediculous. Here is an idea: Wait until you know the facts of a situation before you pass judgement. That way you don't sound like an idiot.

lp_lodestar: "We all know these athletes are dumb"... Funny, I was thinking the same thing about all these doom and gloomers posting comments about a situation of which they do not know the facts.

Posted by: bd23 | February 19, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Big opportuniy for someone to step in...Matt Chico, you listening?

Posted by: bromisky | February 19, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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