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Ross Detwiler set for rehab start

Ross Detwiler will make a rehab start Saturday for Class A Potomac, his first appearance since he lasted four innings on Aug. 5 and a final chance to restart a season besieged by his right hip injury.

Detwiler, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2007 draft, returned to the majors from preseason surgery on the labrum in his right rip on July 25. He made three starts for the Nationals but never felt comfortable and was placed on the disabled list after feeling tightness. Detwiler hopes to return to the majors before the season, and he is on pace so long as everything goes well in the final stage his most recent rehab.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 27, 2010; 11:29 PM ET
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The next person who blames the injury on the Nats rushing Strasburg to the majors is getting punched in the face. He throws the same speed, with the same motion, in the minors as he does in the majors. How could it possibly matter which jersey he's wearing?

Posted by: jaycane40oz | August 28, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I really think the problem with all these injuries is UNDER use. We baby players now. Tell me if we'll ever see another pitcher throw 300 innings...They start with pitch limits in little league, and then when the get to high school ball, and coaches can throw their horses until their arms fall off, they aren't used to the work. If kids were allowed to actually throw a lot (fastballs, not sliders and curveballs and all that crap) as youngsters, I think you'd see far fewer injuries.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | August 28, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

@jaycane40oz: I agree with you that he was not rushed. However, I do feel that we will continue to see this, as these kids are being taught and encouraged at such young ages to throw breaking stuff. My 11 year old son talks about a circle change and I am trying to get him to focus on just throwing the ball...its a losing battle.

Posted by: TimDz | August 28, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

OK, so the Baseball Gods just pressed the 'reset' button on the Nationals, and the big club is back to 2009; No Strasburg on the horizon. Where does Rizzo build from here?

The biggest concerns (in my mind, at least) for Rizzo are 1)Improving the defense, 2)Improving the bench, and 3)Stabilizing the starting pitching. Parts of all three problems may be available through promotion from the minors, as I'll try to explain below.

Let's start with the defense / bench - Rizzo will need to do some serious trimming to the 40-man roster (currently at 46); Harris(UT) & Mench(PH) are FA's at the end of the year & gone, Same for Maldonado(CA). Jesus Flores(CA) is damaged goods - most likely gone as well. Players 'on the bubble' would include Nieves(CA - ARB), Kennedy(IF - renewal/buyout), Maxwell(OF - out of options), & the 'elephant in the corner' Dunn(1B - FA).

The replacement at CA is clearly Ramos, and bringing Willingham back (another ARB case) would either push Morse back to the bench, or to 1B if Dunn isn't re-signed. Off-roster, Espinosa seems ready for a long look in Viera at MI (smooth range, great arm), while players like Lombardozzi(MI), Burgess(RF), & Norris(CA) likely get extended 2010 viewing in the AFL to see how close they are as well. A year's expierience for Desmond @SS should shave his error total by 7-10, just from learning when to 'eat' grounders.
Which brings me back to Dunn - If the team signs him, then they keep a LH hitter with true power at 1B, who helps balances the lineup and protects the bats around him. They also keep a defensively-challenged 1B, who will never be particularly 'nimble' around the bag. His in-system replacements (Morse, Marrero or Moore) are all RH-hitters with less pure power, and have proven no more skilled at the bag than Dunn, although Morse might prove to be adequate, given his MI background.

The Pitching situation requires more characters than I have remaining, so that will have to be a separate post. More later.

Posted by: BinM | August 28, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@screwjob21 (from previous chat):
"Roger Clemens played 12 seasons for the Red Sox and 22 years in total. Roger's third season he took the Red Sox to the World Series. Proof that Boston did not burn out Clemens during his rookie year."

Looks like you took this from Roger Clemens' Wikipedia article. Of course, the article omits the following about Clemens' second year (1985):

"Midway through the 1985 season, however, Clemens's career was already in danger of being derailed. His shoulder began hurting so much that he could barely lift his pitching arm. Clemens underwent surgery, removing cartilage near his rotator cuff. While some feared that his career might be over, others, like Red Sox pitching coach Bill Fischer speculated that the injury might actually have been a blessing in disguise..."

This was mentioned in at least two of Tom Boswell's columns on the subject. Way to do research, @$$hole.

Posted by: bertbkatz | August 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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