Washington Nationals southpaw Ross Detwiler will have a second MRI on his back after the first one was deemed “inconclusive”, according to the official Nationals blog on MLB.com. The 27-year-old starting pitcher suffered the back injury on Wednesday after leaving his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers after three innings of work. Detwiler wasn’t off to the best start in that game, and he suffered the injury whilst trying to cover first.
Detwiler is suffering from lower back spasms, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson did not sound confident regarding Detwiler’s chances of making his next start. We’ll see if the second MRI reveals anything tangible regarding Detwiler’s injury, and hopefully Detwiler is able to avoid the disabled list. While I don’t think he will end up on the disabled list, it’s always a possibility. At this point in time, the most likely outcome for Detwiler is him missing his next scheduled start.
Either Craig Stammen or Zach Duke would replace Detwiler in that event, and it’s more likely that Stammen ends up getting the nod. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo stated, “It’s going to be a broader MRI than this narrow one.”
Rizzo also added that he expects Detwiler to miss at least his next start, and he didn’t rule out a trip to the 15-day DL either. Detwiler has been excellent in 45.2 innings of work to start the season with a 2.76 ERA.