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Ross Detwiler to begin rehab assignment Wednesday at Class A Potomac

Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler made a surprise appearance at Nationals Park on Sunday. Detwiler, who has been on the disabled list all season after tearing cartilage in his right hip, said he will begin his rehabilitation assignment Wednesday night at Class A Potomac.

Potomac played at Wilmington this weekend, and Detwiler said it simply was easier for him to throw a bullpen session at Nats Park, rather than meet up with Potomac on the road. He will return to Potomac this evening.

"I'm 100 percent recovered," Detwiler said. "I just have to have time to build up my arm strength since I didn't have a spring training."

Detwiler said one the things he's focussing on most intently during his workouts right now is regaining the feel for his pitches. He said he's "pretty close" to regaining the proper feel back in all of his pitches. Detwiler finished last season 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 75 and two-thirds innings.

After one appearance in Potomac, Detwiler said he then will move on to Class AA Harrisburg, where he likely will throw more than one outing.

"Obviously, he's got to show he's healthy," Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said of what he is looking for from Detwiler during his minor league outings. "He can't go down to the minor leagues and not get outs and come back here and pitch. But also when anybody pretty much who's pitching in the minor leagues on a rehab [assignment] -- unless your name is Roger Clemens or something -- you've got to get people out because there's five guys in the big leagues starting, and if you're better than one of those five big league guys then we'll make that change.

"But we're not going to force the issue. If we've got five guys here throwing well, then we have to re-evaluate the situation as to what we're going to do with Ross. He really pitched well for us the second time he was in the big leagues last year, so we anticipate that he's going to pitch good and force the issue. But we're not going to assume that."

By Steve Yanda  |  June 6, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Pitching rotation  
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Comments

Good, but not a big deal, imho; Riggleman's right - "He's got to show he's healthy". He'll have to throw 'lights-out' to come back to the rotation in WSH at this point. I think he's more likely to get optioned to HAR, as a few pitchers have stepped past him on the depth chart at this point.

Posted by: BinM | June 6, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

BinM, I'm actually excited about this, more than you are. He will definitely need some minor league time to get his arm ready, but keep in mind: in his last five appearances, he was 1-1, with a 2.41 ERA. A small sample size, I know, but given that they rushed him to the bigs last year, maybe it's a sign that he was getting comfortable in the majors at the end of the year.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 6, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

BinM's right, of course, but I am a little more excited. I look forward to a traffic jam, with Detwiler, Wang, Zimmermann, Olsen and Marquis trying their best to elbow into the rotation. If enough of them show they are up for the task, then maybe Rizzo can trade for a right fielder.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | June 6, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Great news! Any updated regarding Wang?

Posted by: casser | June 6, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea why we signed Wang if he wasn't going to be factor into July. I have no idea why we didn't just sign Orlando Hudson instead of Kennedy/Wang.

It's great Detwiller is back in the focus, and he was great second half last year, but the Nats would just as soon leave him in the minors most if not all of this year.

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | June 6, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

>>I have no idea why we signed Wang if he wasn't going to be factor into July. I have no idea why we didn't just sign Orlando Hudson instead of Kennedy/Wang.

Nails.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, remember that the Nats did not sign either Kennedy or Wang until after Hudson had signed with the Twins. And since Hudson signed for one year at $5 million, it's unlikely that the problem was the 'cheap Lerners' not being willing to pony up. Hudson undoubtedly wanted to sign with a contender (when a lot of people were ticketing the Nats for 100 losses; even now, the Twins are a heck of a lot more likely to reach postseason than the Nats).

Posted by: sjberke | June 6, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, remember that the Nats did not sign either Kennedy or Wang until after Hudson had signed with the Twins. And since Hudson signed for one year at $5 million, it's unlikely that the problem was the 'cheap Lerners' not being willing to pony up. Hudson undoubtedly wanted to sign with a contender (when a lot of people were ticketing the Nats for 100 losses; even now, the Twins are a heck of a lot more likely to reach postseason than the Nats).

Posted by: sjberke | June 6, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

They signed Wang for 2 years. Anything this year is a bonus.

Posted by: utec | June 6, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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