After starting the season 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA through his first five games, Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler has gone 0-2 with a 7.08 ERA in four starts and been bumped from the team's rotation. Chien-Ming Wang, who started the season on the disabled list, will return to the team's rotation in Detwiler's spot, manager Davey Johnson announced after Saturday's game.
On Friday, Detwiler lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Braves and was relieved by Wang, who allowed a run in three innings and picked up the win. Detwiler will move to the bullpen.
"It would be very hard for me to have a 19-game winner who's come back from arm surgery and have him in the bullpen," Johnson said of Wang (via the Washington Post). "Here's a guy who's been in pennant fights. He knows what the pressure is all about. So it's a good opportunity for him and for us to be in the role he's accustomed to, and that's starting. It doesn't lessen the fact that I think Detwiler is a heck of a pitcher."
Johnson said Detwiler took the news hard.
Wang, 32, won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 for the Yankees. The Nationals went into spring training planning on Wang filling out the fifth spot in their rotation. A left hamstring injury sidelined Wang for the entire first part of the season after missing all of 2010 and most of 2011 after shoulder surgery. He was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.