Initially, the Washington Nationals hoped left-hander Ross Detwiler would be ready to be activated from the disabled list in time to make
his scheduled start on Tuesday, but manager Davey Johnson told Tom Schad of
MLB.com that he’s “not hopeful at this point” that it’s going to happen.
Detwiler has been sidelined by a back strain since July 4. Johnson
doesn’t expect him to make his next start, and he added that the southpaw could
also be sidelined through the one after that which is slated for next weekend
against the New York Mets. As long as Detwiler remains sidelined, the Nationals
will fill his rotation spot with rookie Taylor Jordan.
"For me, [Detwiler] would have to throw today or
tomorrow, and do a side [session] and then get out and pitch in a game. And I
don't think we're going to do it by [next weekend]," Johnson said.
"But I'm going to put that question to our great medical staff, see if
they can't get him ready to go."
On the season, Detwiler has posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.04
and 1.486 over 13 starts. If the 27-year-old is is unable to start in one of
the Nationals’ contests during next weekend’s doubleheader against the Mets,
Johnson indicated that he’d use long reliever Ross Ohlendorf rather than call
someone up from the minors.
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