The Washington Times - July 1, 2013, 06:48PM

Ross Detwiler never had a question about whether he would make his scheduled start on Wednesday. But after he threw his bullpen session on Monday, manager Davey Johnson said he expects the left-hander to do so as well.

Detwiler, who experienced some back stiffness and spasming after his start on Friday night in New York, came through the bullpen session without incident. Pitching coach Steve McCatty was pleased with how he threw, as was general manager Mike Rizzo. 


“I told McCatty ‘Let’s make sure he has a good night’s sleep and didn’t get dehydrated and start spasming up,’” Johnson said. “But I think he’s going to be fine.”

In the event that Detwiler could not start, Ross Ohlendorf would make the spot start in his place.

– The Nationals granted outfielder Micah Owings his release on Monday, thus ending his brief tenure with the organization.

Owings, a former major league pitcher, joined the Nationals on a minor league deal this offseason in the hopes of making the transition to becoming a full-time position player. Always a good hitter as a pitcher, Owings felt capable of making the switch.

He hit well with Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .265 with eight home runs and 24 extra-base hits. 

Presumably, Owings had an opt-out in his contract for July 1 because he asked for it to be exercised and his outright release was granted. Owings then thanked the Nationals and the organization on twitter.

“Appreciate the opportunity w/the Syracuse Chiefs and Nationals,” he wrote. “Wish them the best!! See what the Lord has in store & where I land next!!…”