The injuries keep on coming for the Washington Nationals: now Ross Detwiler, who had previously been expected to make his Tuesday start after coming through a bullpen session, is headed to the DL after all. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Detwiler's setback came on Sunday morning, when he experienced 'stiffness in his side' during fielding practice. Nationals manager Davey Johnson maintained that Detwiler's condition had improved and this move was simply a matter of ensuring the injury didn't get worse:
“It’s a lot better than it was,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “It’s tight. He and we didn’t feel like it was the best thing [to start Tuesday]. We’re not going to rush it and exacerbate it at this point.”
Washington had initially expected that Detwiler would only need to skip one start at most. According to Kilgore, Johnson is considering starting Zach Duke in Detwiler's place on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles, as they did last Monday, but starting Jordan Zimmermann on three days' rest is not on the cards. Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno was called up to take Detwiler's place on the roster. As the DL move is retroactive to May 16, Detwiler could still make his next scheduled start on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves if the oblique has improved enough by then.
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