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Nationals moving Ross Detwiler to the bullpen even if he doesn’t like it

Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler throws a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler throws a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles, California May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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In one of his first personnel decisions as Nationals manager Matt Williams has decided to shift left-hander Ross Detwiler to the bullpen full time, leaving Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark to compete for the final spot in the starting rotation.

Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Detwiler was “not happy” about the decision “but I wouldn’t expect him to be.”

Detwiler was used exclusively as a starter last season before being shut down with a herniated disk in his back and 69 of his 85 career appearances have come as a starter. However, he has a mediocre 4.02 ERA as a starter and Williams said he thinks Detwiler has a chance to be “something special out of the bullpen” as a late-inning reliever.

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