The Washington Nationals announced today that they had reinstated both left-handed starter Ross Detwiler and right-handed reliever Christian Garcia from the 60-Day DL and put them back on the 40-Man roster. Detwiler landed on the DL twice this season and ended the year (2-7) with a 4.04 ERA, a 3.66 FIP, 14 walks (1.77 BB/9) and 39 Ks (4.92 K/9) in 13 starts and 71 1/3 IP. An oblique issue and herniated disc in his lower back limited Detwiler to just 13 starts in the '07 1st Round pick's sixth MLB season.
Before the season ended, Nats' GM Mike Rizzo talked to reporters about the left-handed starter being part of the 2014 rotation in D.C. and part of the depth of starting pitching that could allow them to fill the rotation with in-house options rather than pursue a free agent.
"'We certainly go four deep with a healthy [Ross] Detwiler,'" Rizzo told NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman. "'With the depth that we have in our young starting pitching, we could certainly fill from within.'" After a breakout 2012 campaign, Detwiler was expected to play an important role in the Nationals' rotation in 2013, and the Nats are once again counting on the southpaw playing a big part next season.
The Nationals had big plans for Christian Garcia in 2013 too. Garcia signed with Washington as a free agent in July of 2011 after the New York Yankees' prospect had two Tommy John surgeries and a separate procedure on his right elbow during his time with the organization. In 2012, the right-handed reliever had 21 saves, a 0.86 ERA, 17 walks (2.92 BB/9) and 66 Ks (7.57 K/9) in 52 1/3 IP between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse before making his MLB debut. In 13 games and 12 2/3 IP with the Nationals late in 2012, the reliever had a 2.13 ERA, a 3.73 FIP, two walks (1.42 BB/9) and 15 Ks (10.66 K/9).
There were plans early in 2013 to transition Garcia into a starting role, but an injury in Spring Training ended that experiment. A partially torn tendon in his right forearm limited the 28-year-old right-hander to just 13 1/3 IP this season.
With the addition of outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. to the 40-Man roster last week, the Nationals now have 40 players on the 40-Man.
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