Ross Detwiler to start next week
Ross Detwiler, a member of the Nationals bullpen since he came back from his latest setback with his surgically repaired right hip, will return to the Nationals rotation at least for one start next week.
To accommodate giving Detwiler at least one more start before the season ends, the Nationals will use a six-man rotation for one time through. Detwiler will likely squeeze into the rotation Thursday, the day after Jason Marquis pitches.
Detwiler, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft, has made two appearances out of the bullpen, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk in four total innings. Detwiler's development has been stalled almost all season - he made just three major league starts because of hip surgery during spring training and a relates setback in early August.
While Detwiler has yet to start since his latest bout with his hip trouble, he feels like the time spent in the bullpen has been valuable.
"I kind of like it down there," Detwiler said. "It's a pretty atmosphere until the phone rings. Then everybody gets real serious. It's good. You really learn how to get that one out, get that first out. Coming into an inning, you need to get the first out right away. You learn different roles down there, and I think that's going to help me in the future.
"For now, I'm content with just being down there. When the phone rings and he calls my name, I'll be up and I'll be ready to do that role. When he asks me to start, I'll be happy to do that, too."
September 18, 2010; 6:03 PM ET
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