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Nationals' Lefty Ross Detwiler To See Back Specialist In LA

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Washington Nationals' starter Ross Detwiler is on his way to see a specialist to get another opinion on the back issue which has kept him off the mound since July 3rd. Nats' skipper Davey Johnson said the team might have to prepare for the left-hander to miss an extended period.

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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.

"I thought coming out of the break [Ross Detwiler] would be in the rotation. This is kind of a tough pill to swallow." - Davey Johnson on Ross Detwiler's back issues

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:

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