Detwiler’s MRI Yields Concerning Results, Werth’s Return Delayed


Here’s an update on yesterday’s injury news: everything has gone from bad to worse.

First, Ross Detwiler. On Wednesday, it sounded like Detwiler would not miss a start due to his back spasms. But after an MRI yesterday, it is looking less likely that Detwiler will make his scheduled start on Monday in San Francisco. However, he will have another MRI today and nothing is yet set in stone. Whether or not he starts on Monday, he will likely avoid the DL, and his replacement in the rotation could be Craig Stammen.

Apr 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) reacts to being injured on a swing against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Nationals 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jayson Werth also had some bad news. He canceled his scheduled appearance in another rehab game in Potomac to head to a specialist in New York about some additional tightness he felt in his hamstring, meaning he will not return off the DL when he is eligible, on May 18th. Instead, he should return a few days after that. Davey Johnson described Werth’s feeling of tightness as “slight” and seemed unconcerned, so it does not look like a major setback.

Wilson Ramos was placed on the DL as expected. No timeframe for his return has been announced, but it does not seem more serious than his previous hamstring injury that required only the minimum of DL time.

At least Bryce Harper came back and homered though.