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It won't be until Tuesday or Wednesday, but at some point this week, Ross Detwiler will take the walk from the Washington Nationals' dugout to their bullpen. After nine starts, six exceptional and three mediocre, Detwiler's current stay in the starting rotation is over.
The Washington Nationals used Chien-Ming Wang in relief for the first time Friday, summoning him with one out in the fifth when manager Davey Johnson felt it was time to pull the plug on Ross Detwiler's night.
Davey Johnson's gait Friday night was a bit slower than usual, the Washington Nationals manager dealing with a lingering toe injury. For Ross Detwiler, it just meant he had longer to stare at the man who came to end his night.
The Washington Nationals have figured out, at least for now, the place for Chien-Ming Wang. When the right-hander is ready to come off the disabled list and return to the active roster on or before May 27, the Nationals will pitch him out of the bullpen, allowing their major league-best rotation to remain intact.
Ross Detwiler just stood on the back of the mound and stared. His mouth slightly agape, his jaw askew, he seethed. For almost the entirety of Nick Markakis' home run trot, Detwiler glared at the right center field seats.
Chien-Ming Wang stood on the bullpen mound at Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon, going through his methodical motion under the supervision of Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty.
The Washington Nationals have known, or at least hoped, from Day 1 that Bryce Harper would be an "impact player" from the moment he hit the big leagues. But the way Harper arrived, hurriedly and out of necessity, and the way they allowed the idea that this might not be his moment, the Nationals did their best to temper expectations.
At one of the Washington Nationals' minor league affiliates on Monday, right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will take the mound and begin a rehab assignment. Wang, who strained his left hamstring mid-way through spring training, will be allowed 30 days to make rehab starts before the Nationals have to add him to the active roster. They don't anticipate him needing that long.
A week ago, as he was coming off the mound in Washington following one easy inning of work, Ross Detwiler shook manager Davey Johnson's hands and thought he misheard the manager tell him it was a fine tuneup for his next start.