Reports out of the Washington National organization have been that pitcher Ross Detwiler has suffered a herniated disc in his back. Detwiler has missed time due to a lower back strain diagnosed on July fourth. The Nats and Ross had hoped for progress in his recovery but it was just under a month before he decided to go to Los Angeles for a second opinion. It was then acknowledged that he has a herniated disc in his back. The Nationals belief it will take Ross about a month more to heal the injury and they plan on replacing him from within the farm system.
On another note, manager Davey Johnson optioned fellow relief pitcher Drew Storen down to the minors Friday. Storen’s struggles have become apparent to all and many around the club blame it on the handling of the situation this past summer. Signing closer Rafeal Soriano was a major blow to Storen’s confidence after just blowing the NLDS game five. Many Nats have expressed much disapproval regarding the treatment of Storen and it will be interesting to see how the organization moves forward. On a positive note, the Nationals have won three games in a row after struggling out of the All- Star break. They will resume action Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.