The Nationals announced this afternoon that they've reinstated both left-hander Ross Detwiler and right-hander Christian Garcia from the 60-day disabled list, putting both hurlers back on the team's 40-man roster.
Detwiler missed the last three months of the 2013 season with a herniated disc in his back. He went 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 13 starts this season and last pitched on July 3. Detwiler finished the season pitching in instructional league games down in Florida.
The Nats liked what they saw from him there, and feel that Detwiler will be ready for spring training.
Garcia initially landed on the disabled list with a partially torn tendon in his right forearm, an injury he suffered back in spring training and one that lingered well into the summer. But the hard-throwing right-hander also suffered a hamstring injury when pitching in minor league rehab games, costing him more time.
He appeared in 11 minor league games this season, but all were technically while on a rehab assignment. Garcia pitched to a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts and eight walks over 13 1/3 innings between three levels of the minors.
Garcia was incredibly effective down the stretch in 2012 following a promotion, posting a 2.13 ERA in 13 games in his first taste of the big leagues. He then made the Nats' postseason roster for the National League Division Series against the Cardinals.
With Detwiler and Garcia being reinstated, the Nats' 40-man roster is currently full.
Meanwhile, free agent right-hander Dan Haren said in an email that he hasn't heard from the Nationals in the last month since the 2013 regular season ended, and still isn't expecting to receive a qualifying offer.
That's not much of a surprise, but some have wondered whether the Nats might be interested in bringing Haren back on an incentive-laden deal for 2014, and it doesn't sound like that's in the Nationals' plans. Haren said he met with general manager Mike Rizzo during the Nats' final series of the season and the two men "kind of said our goodbyes then."
That said, Haren believes he'll have "a lot of options" in free agency. The 33-year-old California native went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA this season, but was 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA after landing on the disabled list in late June. Haren's injury was described as "right shoulder stiffness," but he's admitted that he mostly used the 15 days off in order to straighten things out mentally after a very rough start to the season.
"I felt great at the end of the year and my body held up just like I thought it would throughout the season," Haren said in the email. "Everyone knows my shoulder was a non issue I think."
This offseason, the qualifying offer is worth $14.1 million for one year. The deadline for teams to extend qualifying offers to their free agents is 5 p.m. today. If a qualifying offer is extended by Team X and the player signs elsewhere, Team X receives a compensatory draft pick that will fall after the first round.
With Chad Tracy the Nats' only other free agent this offseason, the team will not be issuing a qualifying offer.