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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Ross Detwiler
After an injury-plagued 2013, Detwiler's primary focus this spring was proving his back was 100 percent healthy and no longer a concern. Now he must learn how to adapt to a new routine.
Now that Ross Detwiler is starting the year as a reliever, what's next for him? Will he succeed in his new role?
The Nationals haven't named a No. 5 starter yet, but they have decided it won't be Ross Detwiler.
After adding veteran Doug Fister in a trade with the Detroit Tigers in January, it appeared the Nats would have even less need for those extra options. Not so fast.
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ross Detwiler stated their cases for jobs as No. 5 starters as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Thursday.
Half of the Nats' split-squad faces the Braves in Viera, while the other half travels to Jupiter to play the Cardinals. Join the conversation on Nats Insider!
Spring training performance is only one part of the equation when it comes to making this kind of decision. You could even argue it's only a minor part of the equation.
While the Washington region gets slammed by a late-winter snowstorm, there is some good news: the Nationals play the Yankees today and the game is on television.
Taylor Jordan enters spring training as one of three candidates competing for the fifth and final rotation spot. Will he prevail or find himself in Syracuse?
Tanner Roark was excellent when he came up with the Nationals last season. Was that enough to secure the fifth rotation spot this time around?
A healthy Ross Detwiler is comfortable with having to compete to win his job back as the Nationals' No. 5 starter.
Right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann's $24 million, two-year contract and shortstop Ian Desmond's $17.5 million, two-year deal were among a half-dozen agreements reached by the Washington Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration.
Ross Detwiler and the Nationals agreed to terms on $3 million contract Thursday night, avoiding arbitration.
Before the game, Dan Haren was told the team was planning to place him on the DL with shoulder stiffness. Jayson Werth, playing in his 17th game since returning from a hamstring strain that cost him 28, left in the fourth inning with a left groin pull but hopes to avoid a similar fate to Haren's.
Ross Detwiler went five innings and gave up three runs and six hits while walking two and striking out five as the Nationals lost for the fourth time in six games.
Ross Detwiler says he never really doubted McCatty would be back.
"I knew he was coming back," Detwiler said. "We always knew he was coming back, I thought so anyway. Was there ever a doubt? I didn't even think about that."