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.
Williams says Detwiler is "not happy. But you wouldn't expect him to be." Williams said it's not a demotion, Det can be "special" in relief.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 17, 2014
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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