Washington Nationals' general manager Mike Rizzo told 106.the FAN in D.C.'s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on this past week's edition of "The Mike Rizzo Show" that he hoped 27-year-old left-hander Ross Detwiler would eventually return from the DL and the disc issue in his back to help the Nats' rotation later this season.
"He's not going to pitch for four weeks with the back issue," the GM explained, "and then after four weeks we'll see where he stands and where his health is and get him cranked up to see if he can help us out at the end of the season."
According to reports out of Miller Park this afternoon, where Washington and Milwaukee play the second game of a three-game set tonight, Nationals' manager Davey Johnson said he's not sure the '07 1st Round pick will pitch again this season:
Something of an update on Ross Detwiler: While it is still possible he pitches in games this season, Davey seems to think it is unlikely.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 3, 2013
Davey says it'll be a while before Ross Detwiler comes back, possibly very late in September. He needs a full throwing program after rest.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 3, 2013
Detwiler hasn't started a game since July 3rd. The left-hander was placed on the DL on July 7th (retroactive to 7/4), but a subsequent visit to a back specialist in Los Angeles revealed a disc issue for which a month's worth of rest was recommended. Detwiler's made 13 starts this season, putting up a 4.04 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 14 walks (1.77 BB/9) and 39 Ks (4.92 K/9) in 71 1/3 IP in 2013 in which opponents have posted a .315/.356/.455 line.
Should Detwiler not return and should journeyman right-hander Ross Ohlendorf countinue to experience issues with his arm, the Nationals might have to look for help from the system since Taylor Jordan is approaching his innings limit in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, Mike Rizzo mentioned Double-A right-handers Nathan Karns and A.J. Cole and left-handers Sam Solis and Robbie Ray as pitchers, "... you're going to be hearing about a lot in the very, very near future," saying they were, "... just part of that what we've been calling the "Next Wave" of good prospects on their way to the big leagues."
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