June 18, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) in the dugout after pitching the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Nats' Ross Detwiler 'not happy' about bullpen role

Stephen Strasburg. Gio Gonzalez. Doug Fister. Jordan Zimmermann. And NOT Ross Detwiler.

Although pitching coach Steve McCatty said that having Detwiler pitch only one inning in relief of Taylor Jordan in Wednesday’s upcoming Spring Training game meant absolutely nothing, it appeared that the writing was on the wall for the Nationals’ incumbent fifth starter.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with new manager Matt Williams on Monday, and the skipper confirmed that Detwiler will begin the season as a reliever for the Nationals. Detwiler didn’t take to the move, which he views as a demotion, too kindly.

Last season, Detwiler began the season as the fifth starter for the Nats, but had his season cut short due to a back injury. At the time, Detwiler had made 13 starts and was 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA. Detwiler’s move to the bullpen opens a rotation spot for either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan to be the fifth starter.

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