Detwiler to throw against Phillies on Thurdsay

The Nationals have decided to let left-hander Ross Detwiler start on Thursday night against the Phillies and push right-hander J.D. Martin back and let him throw against the Mets at Citi Field on Friday.

The original plan was to let Detwiler pitch out of the bullpen because he was close to his innings limit, but the Nationals want to see him get two more starts before the season is over.

“I want Ross to garner innings in the Major Leagues,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We want him to turn from prospect into a Major Leaguer. That’s what happens when you garner enough innings in the Major Leagues. What I expect of him is to get more innings and get Major League experience and set the stage for next year.

Detwiler, who was the Nationals’ No. 1 pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has pitched in 11 big-league games is 0-5 with a 6.17 ERA. Detwiler said he is ready for the challenge of starting again and wants to leave a good impression going into the offseason.

“I threw a bullpen today and I’m trying to get back into my old routine. Once I get into a routine, I’ll do what I used to do,” Detwiler said. “They gave me another opportunity to start, so I want to get the ball rolling, go into Spring Training and compete for a job.”     

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