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Ross Detwiler's innings limit will be flexible

When the Nationals decided on Ross Detwiler to pitch today's game in place of Luis Atilano, they originally planned to have him throw no more than four or five innings, about 60 pitches. After consulting with Detwiler yesterday, they could let him pitch longer despite him starting on three days rest following a seven-inning outing in Class AA Harrisburg.

"We'll have a little leeway on it," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "When I mentioned to him yesterday that, 'I know you're pitching on three days rest and that's not the norm,' he was kind of laughing. 'Don't give any concerns about that. I'm fine.' As we were initially thinking four, five innings, 60 pitches or so, we'll kind of see how he's doing, how he's feeling. If he's deeper in the game, the way our bullpen is going, we'll take advantage of the opportunity for him to continue to pitch for us. Milwaukee is going to have something to say about that, too."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 25, 2010; 1:04 PM ET
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Livo throws a complete game just three days ago and our bullpen is somehow now taxed...

Six innings out of Detwiller today would be sweet...

Posted by: CJArlington | July 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If you were ever to wonder why the Nats' pitchers always seem to be injured, here's your answer. Take a young starting pitcher, coming off of an injury, and start him on three days rest. Then, don't limit him to 3/4 innings.

Posted by: comish4lif | July 25, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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