Detwiler to start Thursday – Reminder of what could have been…

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler will start Thursday’s game against Houston:

“Ross Detwiler, a member of the Nationals bullpen since he came back from his latest setback with his surgically repaired right hip, will return to the Nationals rotation at least for one start next week.

To accommodate giving Detwiler at least one more start before the season ends, the Nationals will use a six-man rotation for one time through. Detwiler will likely squeeze into the rotation Thursday, the day after Jason Marquis pitches.”

Since returning from injury on Sept. 7, Detwiler has been lights out pitching out of the bullpen. In two outings he has pitched four shutout innings allowing only one hit and one walk. He has struck out three batters as well. In his three starts this season Detwiler is 0-2 while allowing five earned runs in 13 innings pitched.


It’s kind of funny. From the onset of spring training through the middle of summer all we could talk about was how amazing it would be once our starters got back and healthy. I wrote that over and over, this team will improve as the season goes on…once we get reinforcements. But those enforcements never came, and the ones that did were incomplete.

Wang never made an appearance, Marquis has been lousy, Zimmermann’s adjustment period has taken longer than expected, Strasburg got hurt, and Detwiler only made it three starts before re-aggravating his hip injury. They often say that you are the team with the players your brought to play, and not the players you could have had, I guess this season was an epic example.

It seems then that this final start for Detwiler, while useful for the 24-year-old, is almost like one final tease from the gods of fate. As the Nationals expand their rotation to six starters to fit Detwiler in one final time before the clock ticks midnight on the season, it’s almost as if they’re making sure Lannan, Detwiler, Zimmermann, Marquis and Livan are all in the rotation at the same time at the very end just so they can say it happened. Obviously this is not the reason for Detwiler’s start, but it almost feels like it doesn’t it?

Hopefully for Detwiler this is the final roadblock in what has been a stagnant 2010 season. The former sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft struggled early in his career, but found himself last season in a run that catapulted him to the majors. This was supposed to be the year where he learned to become a big leaguer, but a spring hip surgery got in the way of that. Turning 25 next March, the next 12 months will be huge in determining the future of the young hurler, not just in Washington, but as a big league baseball player.