Ross Detwiler P WAS 18 Days

Detwiler gave up one run on two hits in two innings Tuesday.

The addition of Matt Thornton to the Nationals' bullpen seems to have pushed Detwiler back into a long relief role, as he came into Tuesday's game with the Nats ahead 7-0. His numbers on the season (3.42 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 29:18 K:BB ratio in 50 innings) are nothing special, and there just isn't much reason to have Detwiler on your roster.

Ross Detwiler P WAS 2 Months

Ross Detwiler earned his first career save in the Nationals' defeat of the Cubs on Saturday.

It was of the three-inning variety. Detwiler did not allow a hit or a walk over those three frames, fanning two. He lowered his ERA from 4.36 to 4.00 with the outing.

Ross Detwiler P WAS 6 Months

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen.

Detwiler probably has more upside than Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, but the Nats have decided that he'd be better utilized as the second left-hander in their bullpen. Williams said Detwiler was "not happy" to hear the news, but the skipper thinks the southpaw can be "special" in relief.

Ross Detwiler P WAS 6 Months

Ross Detwiler is scheduled to throw one inning in Wednesday's game, with Taylor Jordan getting the start.

All three of Detwiler's previous Grapefruit League appearances have been starts, so it could be a sign that he's being transitioned over to a bullpen role. There's been speculation that this could happen, as Jerry Blevins is the only established left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen. It looks like the Nats' fifth starter will either be Jordan or Tanner Roark.

Ross Detwiler P WAS 6 Months

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 P WAS 6 Months

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 P WAS 6 Months

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.