Dan Haren is ready to return to the Washington Nationals’ rotation on Monday, and he will slide into Ross Detwiler’s spot as the latter heads to the disabled list with a low back strain.
Haren, who was placed on the disabled list on June 23 with inflammation in his right shoulder, will miss the minimum 15 days with what has always been seen as a minor issue.
Haren received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, and took four full days off from throwing. When he resumed, even he was surprised at how much better he felt while throwing the ball. He has thrown two bullpen sessions around a simulated game on Wednesday and is looking forward to getting back in the Nationals’ rotation.
The hope, of course, is that the improvement in how he feels will translate into results on the field. When Haren went on the disabled list, he possessed the worst ERA in the major leagues at 6.15.
This will be the second disabled list stint for a back issue this season for Detwiler, who missed 24 games with a strain in the right side of his back. This issue, which cropped up after his start in New York last weekend, is on the left side.
After his most recent start, on Wednesday, Detwiler spent a significant amount of time getting treatment on his back and appeared in some obvious discomfort.
“You know what, it’s a long season, so you’re going to have your bumps and bruises and everything,” Detwiler said then. “I definitely felt better today than the last couple. Trying to get work done and get back out there.”
“He’s a tough customer,” manager Davey Johnson said Saturday. “But he understood the value of getting by this thing. He got a whole lot of treatment today. And so hopefully we can get by, and he’ll be good coming back after the break.”
Detwiler was placed on the disabled list on Sunday morning, retroactive to July 4. He will be eligible to return to the Nationals on the first day after the All-Star break, but it’s not clear at this point how much time his body will need to be ready.
Taylor Jordan appears lined up to stay in the Nationals’ rotation, then, and pitch Tuesday in Philadelphia. Haren will slide into Detwiler’s spot, and Jordan will remain on-turn.