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Nationals have announced that Ross Detwiler cannot pitch and Dan Haren, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday and threw a simulated game Wednesday, will start Monday in Philadelphia. Rookie Taylor Jordan is currently listed as the Nationalsâ€™ probable starter for Tuesday.
Davey says Detwiler will go on DL with back injury. Haren will likely start Monday.
â€” Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 6, 2013
Detwiler took two days off before throwing his bullpen session today, during which point the stiffness on the left side of his lower back flared up. Detwiler first felt soreness June 28 in a start against the Mets. Detwiler said the stiffness dissipated in his start Wednesday, but it hit him in his bullpen session.
â€śHe didnâ€™t look the same in his last start, either,â€ť Johnson said.
The All-Star break would allow the Nationals to buy extra time. He's eligible to return July 19, the first day of the seasonâ€™s second half.
The Nationals placed Haren on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder June 23, the day after his ERA rose to a major-league high 6.15 in his ninth loss of the year. Haren received a cortisone shot two days later, and he has felt significant improvement in his arm during throwing sessions since.
Last year, he went on the disabled list for the first time in his career, and when he returned he posted a 3.58 ERA over 13 starts.
Detwiler missed four starts earlier this season with an unrelated back ailment, a strained right oblique.
â€śUsually, back injuries, theyâ€™re debilitating,â€ť Johnson said. â€śWe need to just get by it and get him cured. When theyâ€™re there, thereâ€™s no such thing as just a small backache. If you get a spasm in your lower back, you got a problem â€“ especially pitchers. Thatâ€™s where they get their extension.â€ť
Detwilerâ€™s recurring health problems add to the Nationalsâ€™ questions in the back of their rotation. Behind their stellar top three starters, the Nationals at the moment would have to rely on some combination of a rookie with a dozen starts above Class AA, a left-hander with lingering back pain and a veteran with a 6.15 ERA who is coming off shoulder stiffness.
Jordan, Detwiler and Haren could end up being enough â€“ in the first two starts of his career, Jordan allowed three earned runs in 10 innings. But the Nationals could also be in the market to trade for a starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. One rival evaluator called a starting pitcher the Nationalsâ€™ â€śmost obvious needâ€ť even before Detwilerâ€™s setback.
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And so, after Davey Johnson made his intentions to sit Bryce Harper for the rest of the weekend clear on Friday night, Harper sent a joking text to Davey demanding a trade:
Harper text to Davey last night: "Play me or trade me." Davey: "Since trading him is out of the question, guess he's playing."
â€” Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 6, 2013
Congrats to Jordan Zimmermann for being named an All-Star for the first time. Unfortunately, MLB.com is selling a "Zimmerman" NL All-Star jersey.
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