Found July 06, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
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 Nationals’ probable starter for Tuesday. Davey says Detwiler will go on DL with back injury. Haren will likely start Monday. — 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. “He didn’t look the same in his last start, either,” 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 season’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. “Usually, back injuries, they’re debilitating,” Johnson said. “We need to just get by it and get him cured. When they’re there, there’s no such thing as just a small backache. If you get a spasm in your lower back, you got a problem – especially pitchers. That’s where they get their extension.” Detwiler’s recurring health problems add to the Nationals’ 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 – 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 Nationals’ “most obvious need” even before Detwiler’s setback. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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