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“I’m trying to keep up with [the Nationals] through the media and everything,” he said, “but it’s not the same as being there. It’s kind of hard to cheer on your teammates from a computer screen.”

Detwiler wasn’t sure when his next appearance in the tournament would come, though he’s lined up to be on regular rest Thursday, and he was happy with the work he got in Saturday — throwing 36 of 51 pitches for strikes and allowing just one hit in four innings.

“Your two-seamer was looking really good,” Gonzalez told him when he joined the team Monday, and Detwiler said the presence of his Nationals teammate “relaxes him.”

He didn’t look like he needed much help feeling relaxed Tuesday, though, at ease and at home in his country’s uniform, and Torre left the door open for Detwiler to possibly start a game in his next appearance, instead of piggy-backing one of the other starters.

“I’ve been trying to compete for a job for the past like, 43 years, so I had to come [into spring training] ready,” Detwiler joked. “I think that helped me out a lot this year. I’m not just coming in to get ready for the season. I’ve got to be ready for, three weeks in, we’re going out and playing games that actually matter.”

“It’s just really special,” he added. “It’s kind of hard to put it into words.”