Davey Johnson caught up with Nats’ reporters before Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York, reminiscing about old times as manager of the Mets and going through some quick injury updates.
The biggest revelation was the fact Ross Detwiler may not be ready to return to the Nats’ rotation for his scheduled start on July 23 against the Pirates. Detwiler is on the disabled list currently with a lower back strain. He last pitched July 3 against the Brewers.
Johnson said Detwiler will test the back on Thursday, likely with a bullpen session, and his status moving forward will be determined then. At this point, the Nats can’t commit to July 23.
“It depends on what he does Thursday,” Johnson said. “It may not be right away.”
The Nats will likely use rookie Taylor Jordan for the Tuesday start in the event Detwiler isn’t ready. Jordan would fill the fifth spot in the rotation as the Nats will begin the season’s second half with Stephen Strasburg starting Friday against the Dodgers.
Detwiler had returned from a stint on the DL dealing with an oblique strain earlier this season, making five starts before experiencing soreness in his back. The lefty is 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA through 13 games this season.
Johnson also said reliever Ryan Mattheus is three or four rehab games away from being ready to join the Nationals. Mattheus is currently pitching for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.