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Nationals looking to give Ross Detwiler a start

With 15 pitchers and seven starters currently on their staff, the Nationals have little choice but to keep several pitchers in an uncomfortable holding pattern. One of them is Ross Detwiler, who last night received his first game action in a week. He pitched two innings in relief, allowing no runs on a walk with a strikeouts.

Detwiler stands out among the multitudes of Nationals pitchers waiting their turn. He is 23 and three years removed from being drafted with the sixth overall pick, the only pitcher not receiving consistent work who is obviously a pitcher the Nationals hope is part of their future.

This has been something of a lost season for Detwiler, who has made only three starts because of hip surgery in the spring and complications that surfaced later in the season. The Nationals, Manager Jim Riggleman said, hope to at least give him at least one more start before the season ends.

In order to make a spot for Detwiler, the Nationals could skip Livan Hernandez a turn in the rotation. They could also lengthen the rotation to six men for one time through while the Nationals play 13 straight games, a stretch that begins Friday in Philadelphia.

Detwiler last started in the majors on Aug. 5. He's made two appearances out of the bullpen since rejoining the Nationals last week, pitching two innings each time while throwing no more than 27 pitches. The Nationals want to pitch Detwiler for three innings out of the bullpen in order to stretch him out, and then he will be limited to five innings once he gets his start.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 14, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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Giving Detwiler a 'token' start would mean next to nothing at this point in the season, imo. I'd rather see the team give steady reps to Lannan, Maya, Marquis & JZimm to prove that they are healthy going forward.

If Rizzo/Riggleman wanted to consider a 6-man rotation for the last 18 games, fine - Pair Detwiler with Olsen & toss them back into the 'deep end' of the pool for 4IP each for three starts.

Posted by: BinM | September 14, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Detwiler is the next Whitey Ford.

Posted by: jwing14 | September 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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