Apologies for not posting this earlier -- I've been tied up with some other MASN stuff today that kept me away from the computer for quite a while -- but I just wanted to get a quick post up to analyze what today's news about Ross Detwiler means. Detwiler, as you've probably heard by now, had surgery on Monday to repair a tear in his right hip, and will be out 10-12 weeks.
It's a blow for a young pitcher who had been on track to earn a spot in the Nationals' rotation after an impressive September showing last season. Detwiler had impressed many in the Nationals' organization with a lively two-seam fastball he began throwing for strikes more consistently. But now he'll have to fight his way back into a rotation that will have been constructed without him by then.
And the other part of the injury's timing that hurts Detwiler is that he could come back around the same time as Chien-Ming Wang. It remains to be seen how well Wang will be throwing, but if he's in decent form, you'd have to assume he'd have an edge on Detwiler. There's a lot that can happen between now and then, but assuming the rotation hasn't changed much by May, Detwiler will likely have to overcome a young pitcher or two (possibly Craig Stammen or Garrett Mock), in addition to Wang, to get a spot back in the rotation.
I'll have the final installment of the spring training preview tomorrow, along with news from the Chien-Ming Wang press conference. I don't get to Viera until Saturday, but like I said, I've got moles to help me cover this thing. And we'll be off and running from spring training this weekend.