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Ross Detwiler | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Ross Detwiler is not on the Nationals' NLDS roster.
Detwiler finished strong but overall was quite ordinary in a move to the bullpen this season, posting a 4.00 ERA with just 39 strikeouts over 63 frames. Scott Hairston was also left off the roster. Oct 3 - 10:06 AM

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Ross Detwiler earned his first career save in the Nationals' defeat of the Cubs on Saturday.

It was of the three-inning variety. Detwiler did not allow a hit or a walk over those three frames, fanning two. He lowered his ERA from 4.36 to 4.00 with the outing.
Jun 28 - 11:16 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen.

Detwiler probably has more upside than Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, but the Nats have decided that he'd be better utilized as the second left-hander in their bullpen. Williams said Detwiler was "not happy" to hear the news, but the skipper thinks the southpaw can be "special" in relief.
Mar 17 - 2:10 PM

Ross Detwiler is scheduled to throw one inning in Wednesday's game, with Taylor Jordan getting the start.

All three of Detwiler's previous Grapefruit League appearances have been starts, so it could be a sign that he's being transitioned over to a bullpen role. There's been speculation that this could happen, as Jerry Blevins is the only established left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen. It looks like the Nats' fifth starter will either be Jordan or Tanner Roark.
Mar 17 - 12:52 PM

Ross Detwiler turned in an improved outing Thursday, allowing one run over 3 2/3 innings against the Mets.

He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two. Both Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark have outpitched Detwiler so far this spring, but if Detwiler finishes strong from here, the fifth spot in the rotation should be his.
Mar 13 - 5:00 PM

Ross Detwiler allowed one run and six hits in two-plus innings Saturday against the Braves.

All six hits were singles. The last came to start the third, and Detwiler was immediately removed in favor of Taylor Jordan. Detwiler has a 10.80 ERA after two starts as he battles Jordan and Tanner Roark for a rotation spot. He entered camp as the favorite, but that's in doubt right now.
Mar 8 - 4:39 PM

Ross Detwiler was charged with four runs -- three earned -- in 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Yankees.

Detwiler impressed in the first, striking out both Brett Gardner and Brian McCann in a perfect frame, only to give up hits to five of the first six batters he faced in the second. Tanner Roark followed him with scoreless third and fourth innings, so this wasn't a great first step for Detwiler in his battle to hold on to his rotation spot.
Mar 3 - 3:47 PM

Bill Ladson of reports that Ross Detwiler has added a cutter to his repertoire this offseason.

The 27-year-old southpaw wants to give hitters another look to think about, so they don't sit on his fastball as they did in 2013. For a pitcher who relies almost exclusively on his heater (88 percent thrown in 2013), it makes an incredible amount of sense for Detwiler to expand his arsenal.
Feb 23 - 8:57 PM

Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the No. 5 rotation spot this spring.

"I've never had a spot just given to me; it's always been up for grabs," Detwiler said. "I've won it in the past. I think I can do it again if I stay healthy and throw well." Detwiler, 28 in March, posted a 2.53 ERA over his first seven starts last year. He strained an oblique on May 15 against the Dodgers, spent a month on the DL, posted a 6.31 ERA in five starts upon his return, and was promptly shut down for the season with lingering back pain. "Every injury is going to be different, but I'm not going to try to push through like I did last year," he said. "I started the year great, then I had a little oblique problem in L.A. and tried to push through that and do everything I could. And I lost my location." Detwiler is healthy and has been throwing regularly this winter. NL-only owners will want to monitor his open competition against Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan, because the winner will have stealthy appeal in that format.
Jan 28 - 10:43 AM

Nationals avoided arbitration with LHP Ross Detwiler by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The left-hander can earn an additional $50,000 if he reaches 180 innings in 2014. Detwiler was limited to just 13 starts last season and will have to compete in spring training to keep his spot in the rotation.
Jan 16 - 10:21 PM

Ross Detwiler (back) said he has felt "100 percent" since pitching in the instructional league in September.

Detwiler, who was limited to just 13 starts this season due to a back injury, added that he was clocked in the 94-96 mph range during his appearances. While the left-hander appears healthy, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated following the addition of Doug Fister that Detwiler will have to compete for a spot in the rotation. Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Nate Karns, and Sammy Solis will be among his competitors.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 04:02:00 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated Tuesday that Ross Detwiler is not assured of a rotation spot.

The Nationals already have Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister in place for the first four spots, but we'll likely see a competition for the fifth spot during spring training. Rizzo mentioned Detwiler, Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan, Nate Karns, and Sammy Solis among the possibilities to round out the rotation.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that Ross Detwiler could be used out of the bullpen in 2014.

In a chat with Bill Ladson of, Rizzo said of Detwiler, "I think he could bolster our bullpen and give us some depth as a starter." The organization is very high on young arms Tanner Roark, Taylor Jordan and Nathan Karns, and their emergence could push Detwiler out of a rotation spot.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 01:21:00 PM

Nationals activated LHP Ross Detwiler from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a standard procedural move to get the left-hander back on the Nationals' 40-man roster. Detwiler should be recovered from his back injury by next spring.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 02:32:00 PM

Ross Detwiler is not going to participate in winter ball.

Detwiler was limited to just 13 starts this season due to a back injury, but he was healthy enough to pitch in the instructional league at the end of the year. The hope is that he'll have a healthy offseason going into 2014. The 27-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 03:55:00 PM

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C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Tyler Moore
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Danny Espinosa
3Jeff Kobernus
4Wilmer Difo
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Ryan Zimmerman
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
4Steven Souza
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Rafael Soriano
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Erik Davis
9Xavier Cedeno
10Blake Treinen
11Aaron Barrett
12Matt Grace
13Bruce Billings