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MLB Injury News:
While the Washington Nationals have yet to make an official
announcement, signs are pointing toward left-handed starting pitcher Ross Detwiler missing the remainder of the season due to a lingering back injury.
Manager Davey Johnson told reporters – including Bill Ladson of MLB.com – that he
considers it to be a relative longshot for the southpaw to rejoin the team this
"We'll try to bring him back before the year is over to
make sure he is healthy and nothing further has to be done," Johnson said.
[I think it's a long shot for Detwiler to come back], because he hasn't done much
in probably close to three weeks prior to that. … He would have to go through
like you go through Spring Training in order to come back. I think we will try
to bring him back by the end of the year to see if he is going to be
Detwiler has been dealing with a strained back since the middle
of May, but he’s only been on the disabled list since July 7. He’ll continue to
be sidelined for another few weeks before he can even resume baseball-related
activities, so it’s hard to tell what his availability will be this year.
Detwiler was solid during his first extended opportunity
with the Nationals last season. The 27-year-old appeared in 33 games, including
27 starts, while maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 3.40 and 1.223. Prior to his
back injury, he maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.04 and 1.486 this year.
Detwiler’s injury only further complicates the Nationals’
starting pitching situation. At this point, Taylor Jordan is in Washington’s
rotation as its fifth starter, but he’s on an innings limit coming off of Tommy
John surgery. Long reliever Ross Ohlendorf would be a candidate to join the
rotation, but he’s been dealing with what the team has called dead arm.
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