Ross Detwiler SP WAS 3 Days
Ross Detwiler allowed one run and six hits in two-plus innings Saturday against the Braves.
All six hits were singles. The last came to start the third, and Detwiler was immediately removed in favor of Taylor Jordan. Detwiler has a 10.80 ERA after two starts as he battles Jordan and Tanner Roark for a rotation spot. He entered camp as the favorite, but that's in doubt right now.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 9 Days
Ross Detwiler was charged with four runs -- three earned -- in 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Yankees.
Detwiler impressed in the first, striking out both Brett Gardner and Brian McCann in a perfect frame, only to give up hits to five of the first six batters he faced in the second. Tanner Roark followed him with scoreless third and fourth innings, so this wasn't a great first step for Detwiler in his battle to hold on to his rotation spot.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 16 Days
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Ross Detwiler has added a cutter to his repertoire this offseason.
The 27-year-old southpaw wants to give hitters another look to think about, so they don't sit on his fastball as they did in 2013. For a pitcher who relies almost exclusively on his heater (88 percent thrown in 2013), it makes an incredible amount of sense for Detwiler to expand his arsenal.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 1 Month
Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the No. 5 rotation spot this spring.
"I've never had a spot just given to me; it's always been up for grabs," Detwiler said. "I've won it in the past. I think I can do it again if I stay healthy and throw well." Detwiler, 28 in March, posted a 2.53 ERA over his first seven starts last year. He strained an oblique on May 15 against the Dodgers, spent a month on the DL, posted a 6.31 ERA in five starts upon his return, and was promptly shut down for the season with lingering back pain. "Every injury is going to be different, but I'm not going to try to push through like I did last year," he said. "I started the year great, then I had a little oblique problem in L.A. and tried to push through that and do everything I could. And I lost my location." Detwiler is healthy and has been throwing regularly this winter. NL-only owners will want to monitor his open competition against Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan, because the winner will have stealthy appeal in that format.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 2 Months
Nationals avoided arbitration with LHP Ross Detwiler by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.
The left-hander can earn an additional $50,000 if he reaches 180 innings in 2014. Detwiler was limited to just 13 starts last season and will have to compete in spring training to keep his spot in the rotation.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 3 Months
Ross Detwiler (back) said he has felt "100 percent" since pitching in the instructional league in September.
Detwiler, who was limited to just 13 starts this season due to a back injury, added that he was clocked in the 94-96 mph range during his appearances. While the left-hander appears healthy, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated following the addition of Doug Fister that Detwiler will have to compete for a spot in the rotation. Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Nate Karns, and Sammy Solis will be among his competitors.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 3 Months
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated Tuesday that Ross Detwiler is not assured of a rotation spot.
The Nationals already have Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister in place for the first four spots, but we'll likely see a competition for the fifth spot during spring training. Rizzo mentioned Detwiler, Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Nate Karns, and Sammy Solis among the possibilities to round out the rotation.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 4 Months
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that Ross Detwiler could be used out of the bullpen in 2014.
In a chat with Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Rizzo said of Detwiler, "I think he could bolster our bullpen and give us some depth as a starter." The organization is very high on young arms Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan and Nathan Karns, and their emergence could push Detwiler out of a rotation spot.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 5 Months
Ross Detwiler is not going to participate in winter ball.
Detwiler was limited to just 13 starts this season due to a back injury, but he was healthy enough to pitch in the instructional league at the end of the year. The hope is that he'll have a healthy offseason going into 2014. The 27-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.