Washington Nationals' left-hander Ross Detwiler was eligible to return from the Disable List on July 19th. The 27-year-old left-hander was placed on the DL on July 7th, but it was retroactive to July 4th, the day after he gave up eight hits and four runs, two earned, to the Milwaukee Brewers in what was his 13th start of the 2013 season. Detwiler missed time earlier this season with a strain of his right oblique, which required a 15-Day DL stint in late-May/early June. Detwiler returned to make five starts in which he had a 6.31 ERA over 25 2/3 IP in which opposing hitters put up a .330/.368/.486 line.
When Nationals' manager Davey Johnson spoke to reporters last week, however, he told them that Detwiler had suffered a setback. A bullpen session was cut short when his back didn't feel right, so he was expected to miss at least another ten days before beginning to make rehab starts. Johnson told reporters it was a tough blow. "I thought coming out of the break [Ross Detwiler] would be in the rotation. This is kind of a tough pill to swallow."
According to reports from Nationals Park today, the Nats' lefty is going to see a specialist in LA to get another opinion on what may be causing the issue with his lower back.
"'They’re not sure why it keeps reoccurring,'" Johnson told reporters including CSNWashington.com's Chase Hughes. "'They’ve done a lot of tests. I think they want to get another opinion.'" Johnson told reporters that Detwiler could be out for an extended period and right-hander Ross Ohlendorf could be in line for more work going forward.
• Here's what reports from Nationals Park today said:
The back specialist Ross Detwiler is seeing is Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. He's a renowned back surgeon who operated this year on Rob Gronkowski.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 23, 2013
Detwiler going to LA to see back specialist. Davey acknowledges could be awhile before he returns. #Nats— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 23, 2013
Davey said #nats must prepare in case Detwiler's out longer. With T. Jordan on inn. limit, Ohlendorf may be candidate for more starts— Amanda Comak (@acomak) July 23, 2013
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