Nationals Notebook

Ross Detwiler Will Be Called Up to Pitch for the Nationals Tomorrow Against the Pirates

By Chico Harlan and Zach Berman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ross Detwiler, Washington's 2007 first-round pick, was supposed to pitch tonight's Class AA Harrisburg game against the Reading Phillies. Instead, he started making travel arrangements.

The Nationals scratched Detwiler from his minor league start, and plan to recall the left-hander for a spot start in the big leagues tomorrow, two sources said. Detwiler has had an up-and-down career since being drafted sixth overall two years ago, but this year, in six starts for the Class AA Senators, Detwiler is 0-3 with a 2.96 ERA. Only once has he allowed more than two earned runs.

The Nationals need a starter for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh because of yesterday's doubleheader. Detwiler, 23, has pitched just one career major league inning, a scoreless frame on Sept. 7, 2007 against Atlanta. This spring, he allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking seven. He was never in contention to make the big league rotation; the Nationals reassigned him to minor league camp early in the spring.

Detwiler is an easy choice for the quick promotion because he's already on the 40-man roster.

After the Streak

After his 30-game hitting streak was snapped on Wednesday, Ryan Zimmerman expressed remorse that he could not continue the streak in front of the home crowd. But in the first two games of an 11-game homestand, Zimmerman laid the foundation for a new streak by hitting successfully in both games and going 5 for 10 with three RBI. However, he went 0 for 1 with two walks in the second game last night.

"He's locked in. He not only hit that 30-game hitting streak, he was hitting the ball hard and more than once in every game," Acta said. "I'll be saying this probably the rest of the season, but it's the fact that he's matured as a hitter and also, he doesn't feel like he has to win the game by himself every night here."

Dukes Pinch-Hits

Elijah Dukes was removed from Friday's game with a strained left hamstring. Although he was not in the starting lineup in either of yesterday's games, Dukes was inserted as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the first game. He struck out to conclude the 8-5 loss.

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