A Lot Can Change In A Week In The Washington Nationals' Rotation.

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 25: Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals pulls Ross Detwiler #48 in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson has been faced with tough decisions this season when it comes to the the fifth spot in the Nats' rotation. He made another tough one this week:

"Circumstances over the winter made it much more competitive out there," Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson explained as he announced that 27-year-old left-hander John Lannan had been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to start the 2012 campaign after five seasons as part of the Nats' starting rotation. 26-year-old '07 1st Round pick Ross Detwiler, who pitched out of the bullpen last year but finished the 2011 season strong after returning to the starting rotation, had outperformed Lannan in Spring Training in the Nationals' skipper's opinion, giving up 14 hits, seven runs, six earned and five walks in 17.1 IP (mostly out of the pen) in which he'd struck out 18. Lannan made four starts and six total appearances this Spring, surrendering 24 hits, 14 runs, 12 earned and six walks in 21.0 IP over which he'd K'd 16." - LINK: Read the rest at SBNationDC...

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