The Washington Times - May 16, 2009, 08:19PM

I just speculated a few minutes ago about the possibility of Ross Detwiler starting Monday night against the Pirates. Well, it was just confirmed to me by a team executive: The young left-hander will get the call.

Detwiler, the organization’s top pick in the 2007 draft, was scheduled to start tonight for Class AA Harrisburg in Reading but was pulled. His 0-3 record isn’t exactly sterling, but his 3.00 ERA and 28-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six starts has been solid.

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This won’t be the 23-year-old lefty’s major-league debut. You’ll remember he pitched one scoreless inning in relief in September 2007 at Atlanta, a token appearance. This will, however, be his first big-league start and his first appearance in Washington.

It may be a surprising move and have come quicker than most would have expected, but it’s certainly something to get excited about if you’re a big believer in “The Plan.”