Nationals promote five players to big leagues

The Nationals have decided to promote pitchers Ross Detwiler, Marco Estrada, Logan Kensing and Zach Segovia and shortstop Ian Desmond to the big leagues.

All five players are coming from Triple A Syracuse and will report to Nationals Park on Tuesday.

The Nationals are also bringing up Syracuse manager Tim Foli to be an all-purpose coach.

This will be Detwiler’s second stint with the big club. During the first half of the season, Detwiler started 10 games and went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA. After the All-Star break, Detwiler, who was the team’s first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA for Syracuse.

Detwiler most likely will pitch against the Marlins on Saturday.

This also will be Estrada’s second stint with the big club. He made his Major League debut last season, playing in 11 games as a reliever and giving up 11 runs in 12 2/3 innings.  This time, he is expected to be a starter.

Kensing has already had two stints with the Nationals this season, giving up 31 runs in 26 2/3 innings. But he was 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA for Syracuse.

Segovia, a right-handed reliever, was a combined 2-5 with a 3.28 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Syracuse.

Desmond had his best season in professional baseball in 2009, hitting a combined .328 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs for Double-A Harrisburg and Syracuse.

Nationals bench coach Pat Corrales has said that Desmond has already shown leadership skills on and off the field.

This may be Desmond’s biggest challenge to date. The Nationals may be looking for a shortstop next season and switch Cristian Guzman from shortstop to second  base.

As for Foli, he is in his fifth season in the Nationals’ farm system and guided the Chiefs to a 76-68 record.            

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