Ross Detwiler has been stuck in the bullpen but might be in line to draw a start, manager Jim Riggleman told Nats Insider's Mark Zuckerman .
Detwiler, the first-round pick in 2007, missed the beginning of the year due to hip surgery in February but made 10 starts in the minors -- seven with Double-A. All told, the lefty posted a 2.27 ERA with a 8.0 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 rate.
Detwiler has made three starts for the Nats and came out of the bullpen for two stints, totaling 17 innings of a 2.65 ERA. The starts came in late July and early August before he went back on the DL due to hip pain. The 24-year-old is considered to have the inside track on a rotation spot for 2011.
Riggleman wants Detwiler to pitch at least three innings in a relief appearance before clearing the way for a start. Given Washington begins a 13-games-in-13-days streak on Friday, it's likely Detwiler will start at least once in that stretch, whether expanding the rotation to a six-man one or replacing an incumbent starter once through the rotation.
-- Evan Brunell
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