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Ross Detwiler progressing nicely

Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler made his second start on Friday night for Class AA Harrisburg as he continues rehabilitation following surgery for a torn hip flexor, and the reports were promising, according to Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman.

Detwiler went four innings in a 5-4 loss to Bowie, allowing no runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

"Seems like he threw pretty good, threw strikes," Riggleman said. "He's stretching it out. I think his last [start], he went three [innings]. This one he went four. He's making nice progress. No problems with the injured area there, the hip. Nothing going on there that's holding him back."

Detwiler, 24, was in line to contend for a spot in the Nationals' starting rotation before the setback in February, thus this rehab assignment is essentially his spring training in his attempt to make it back to the big leagues.

Detwiler, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA during his first stint with the Nationals last season before being sent down to Class AAA Syracuse. Detwiler then came back to the majors in September and in five appearances had an ERA of 1.90, raising expectations he could be a major contributor in Washington's starting rotation.

"He's gone through a lot of rehab stuff," Riggleman said, "but now he's getting on the mound the way you would do it in a spring training situation, just gradually stretching it out, and the results have been pretty good."

In three minor league starts, Detwiler has an 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings, allowing 14 hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Detwiler could be ready to join the Nationals staff by the end of this month, but GM Mike Rizzo recently said he's going to take a wait-and-see approach.

Detwiler is among a handful of pitchers mending from injury who could alter drastically the Nationals' starting rotation in the next few months. Jordan Zimmerman threw 35 pitches in a simulated game on Friday in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, and Chien-Ming Wang has thrown batting practice as he recovers from shoulder surgery in July.

By Gene Wang  |  June 19, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  minors & farm system  
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Comments

No arguments with the pitching last night. I hope the staff makes it difficult to choose when injured players return. I have to say that Lannan is looking like the odd man out right now.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 20, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Genie baby, it's Zimmermann with two n's. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | June 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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