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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.”     

Detwiler sent to Syracuse; Mock back in big leagues

After Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Astros, the Nationals optioned left-hander Ross Detwiler to Triple-A Syracuse and are expected to recall right-hander Garrett Mock from Syracuse.

Mock will be in the starting rotation and pitch against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Mock, who has been a reliever most of his Major League career, was 5-1 with a 2.65 ERA with Syracuse.

As for Detwiler, he leaves after going 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 starts. Instead of dwelling on the negative, manager Manny Acta said he was pleased with what Detwiler accomplished during his time in the big leagues.

“We are extremely happy with the way Detwiler pitched up here. He made so much progress,” Acta said. “If you told me that that he was going to start 10 big-league games this year, I wouldn’t believe it. Our plan was to develop him in the Minor Leagues and probably take a look at him in September.”

Through a team spokesman, Detwiler declined to talk to the media. 

Detwiler doing things his way

After he was drafted in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, left-hander Ross Detwiler was told by the Nationals that he had to change his mechanics on the mound.

The team didn’t like that Detwiler was pitching across his body. Instead, they wanted him to throw the ball on a straight line. The Nationals felt by pitching their way, Detwiler would be able throw more pitches on the inside part of the plate against right-handed hitters and prevent an injury to his arm.  

Detwiler tried it their way, but the results were mixed. In first two professional seasons, Detwiler was 10-10 with a 4.58 ERA.  This past Spring Training, Detwiler had a tough time getting batters out, giving up five runs and walking seven batters in 5 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League action.

“The new way wasn’t really working,” Detwiler said. “I was getting hit a lot. I went back to what was comfortable. It made me relax a lot.” 

The old way of pitching earned Detwiler a promotion to the big leagues in May. He feels he is able to throw his off-speed pitches for strikes more often.

Manager Manny Acta said the Nationals have no intentions of changing Detwiler’s mechanics  unless he is in a serious slump.

“We like him the way he is right now,” Acta said. “He has a learning curve, making adjustments. He has the privilege to learn up here. We like the progress he has made the last three or four months. We feel this guy could be a middle of the rotation type of guy —  a very solid one for us.

“We like him just the way he is right now. We are not going to tinker with his delivery for now because he is having success. We’ll see how far it takes him.”  

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