“I mean, I’d rather be starting,” Detwiler said. “But we’ve got a guy that year-in, year-out is just winning games. I wasn’t getting the job done at the time, so it’s still a chance to put on a big league uniform everyday.”
“The way I look at it,” Detwiler added, “I’m going from the best starting rotation in the big leagues to the best bullpen.”
Detwiler was fully aware the Nationals had planned to use him out of the bullpen to start the year before Wang strained his hamstring during spring training, which also made it easier for him to digest.
“It was his spot until he got hurt in spring training,” Detwiler said. “So if he never got hurt, I wouldn’t have even had a chance to start at the beginning of the season. He’s just coming back and claiming his spot. That’s all it is.”
Detwiler went 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA in nine starts. After a tremendous start, Detwiler allowed 16 earned runs in his previous 20 1 / 3 innings. Friday night, Detwiler threw 100 pitches in only 4 1 / 3 innings as he allowed three earned runs (two of which scored after Wang entered in relief in the fifth).
“I didn’t think the last start was as bad as it looked,” Detwiler said. “I was just missing here and there by an inch. I thought that was an easier fix than anything else. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and throwing strikes and not falling behind every hitter.”