Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported this afternoon that the Washington Nationals placed left-handed starter Ross Detwiler on the disabled list after the young hurler had evidently re-aggravated his hip. Detwiler had only made three starts since returning from hip surgery this summer. Kilgore Reports:
“After making his first three starts of the season, Detwiler experienced after effects from the hip surgery he underwent this spring that kept him out of the majors for the season’s first four months. Detwiler theorized after his start Thursday he might not be finishing his pitches because he was subconsciously worrying about his hip, but he said he did not feel any pain in on the field during the start.”
In three starts since his return Detwiler had posted an 0-2 record with a 3.46 ERA. The lefty had struck out 12 in 13 innings pitched, but had also walked eight batters and surrendered 17 hits. He had been a victim of bad defense in his first outing, and had a strong showing Jul. 31 vs. the Phillies, however his most recent start vs. the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks was a strong indicator that something may have been wrong. Detwiler only lasted four innings before surrendering nine hits and seven runs in a 4-8 loss.
The Nationals are being very cautious with Detwiler as the left-hander represents a big part of the ball clubs future. A first round draft pick in 2007, many in baseball believe Detwiler still has the stuff to be a front-of-the-line starter in most rotations, and at only 24-years-old he is right on pace to peak at the right time.
While Washington isn’t short on young starting pitching, boasting such talents as Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Rizzo knows that a trio of three young and talented starters will be a force to be reckoned with in the National League East for years to come. The Braves may have Heyward, the Mets may have Ike Davis, and the Marlins might have Mike Stanton, but none of them have a young trio of starters to match what the Nationals potential could boast.
Earlier this summer Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus, also known as “The Injury Guy,” told The Nats Blog that an injury like Detwilers had a “medium-to-high risk of re-injury.” Lets hope that this is something that can heal up over the winter and not be a chronic problem.