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Ross Detwiler unlikely to pitch again this season

Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning in Game 4 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington

Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning in Game 4 of their MLB NLDS baseball series in Washington October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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Ross Detwiler has been out since early July with a back injury and Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that the Nationals left-hander is unlikely to pitch again this season.

Detwiler hasn’t been cleared to throw off a mound yet, so he’s simply running out of time before the season ends. Returning as a reliever would perhaps give him a little more of a chance because Detwiler wouldn’t have to build up as much arm strength, but manager Davey Johnson indicated that the Nationals aren’t particularly keen on that idea.

Detwiler has a 4.02 ERA in 69 career starts, including a 4.04 mark in 13 starts this season. He’s under team control through 2016, so if healthy he figures to be back in the rotation next year.

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