Scott Olsen attempted to pitch through injury Saturday afternoon in the ensuing Nationals 8-5 loss, and as a result he will be shipped to the 15-day-dl with elbow tendentious. Shipped up to replace the struggling lefty will be top Nationals prospect Ross Detwiler, who is scheduled to make his first major league start this Monday.
Olsen later told reporters that he knew he was hurt before the game Saturday, but that he wanted to pitch to help eat up innings for his club that went into the 12th the night before. The injury showed, as Olsen struggled to throw in the 90’s and gave up three homeruns on hanging fastballs to the Phillies.
“He was thinking about his teammates, he wanted to go out there and give us as many innings as he could and pick up his teammates,” Acta told the press.
The loss dropped Olsen to a 1-4 record with a 7.24 ERA.
Detwiler on the other hand has been on a tear in Harrisburg. After a poor start following a worse spring training, it seems Detwiler has found the stuff that once made him one of the more promising young pitchers in baseball. Now through six games started Detwiler is 0-3 with a 2.96 ERA. His last start saw the wirey lefty throw five innings with three hits, one earned run, nine strikeouts, and no walks.