Ross Detwiler will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, the final determination of if he can make his next start on Tuesday, Manager Davey Johnson said. Detwiler has progressed well from a slight oblique strain that caused him to miss his last start. The Nationals have been pleased with his improvement and believe he will be ready to pitch against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in Washington.
By skipping his last day, Detwiler will have rested 11 days. Because of Thursday’s offday, Tuesday will be the first day the Nationals would need him back in order to prevent any starters from pitching on short rest.
Johnson said Detwiler played catch on Thursday afternoon and didn’t feel any pain, just tightness in his side. “He came through it all right,” Johnson said.
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